In its ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to an attempt to turn the USA into a theocracy. Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? The reason why some people fought to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage is that such a marriage conflicts with their religious beliefs.
It should not be surprising that there are Americans who would like the USA to be turned into a theocracy of their liking, and there is polling data that reveals such. Public Policy Polling surveyed 316 Republican primary voters from February 20th to 22nd of 2015 and released the results of that survey on February 24th.
One of the questions asked in the survey is this one: Would you support or oppose establishing Christianity as the national religion? Here is how the survey participants responded:
Support establishing Christianity as the national religion: 57%
Oppose establishing Christianity as the national religion: 30%
Not Sure: 13%
It be fair, it should be acknowledged that people who strive to conform to the New Testament’s teachings have a reason to be opposed to same-sex marriage. Clearly, the New Testament teaches that it is a sin for two people of the same gender to have sex with each other, and there is no biblical reason to believe that Jesus would have approved of that behavior. The false claim that Jesus would endorse same-sex marriage is based on a desire to serve two masters by conforming to the world.
Still, it is unconstitutional to use a religious test to determine if something should be legal or illegal, and states do not have the authority to violate the U.S. Constitution. The Court did its job and ruled in favor of more freedom in the process.
Cross-posted at The Moderate Voice.
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