Redefining Marriage has Unconstitutional Consequences
The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in Maryland in less than a week. And he has urged prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors.
While most wedding businesses across the country embraced the chance to serve same-sex couples, a small minority has struggled to balance religious beliefs against business interests.
Wedding vendors elsewhere who refused to accommodate same-sex couples have faced discrimination lawsuits — and lost. Legal experts said Discover Annapolis Tours sidesteps legal trouble by avoiding all weddings.
Once again, the political theories that sound so fair, just don’t work out that way in practice. Instead we’re confronted with a political reality in states where marriage is being redefined. Religious liberties not only cease, but have become criminal. Equal rights are now at odds with religious liberty.
This was foreseen. Many warned once it has been legislated that marriage illegally discriminates against homosexuality, a new political paradigm would emerge where opposition to same-sex marriage is also illegal discrimination. A handful of states have redefined marriage to accommodate the very, very few and in turn contradicted, threatened, and criminalized the religious liberty of far, far many more. It was inevitable and it’s unconstitutional.