Justices Thomas and Alito Speak Out on Obergefell and Religious Freedom

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

On the first day of its new term, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Obergefell decision, which mandated same-sex marriage on the nation..

Justices Thomas and Alito, while agreeing with the court’s denial of appeal, issued a remarkable accompanying opinion stating bluntly that Obergefell has had “ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”

Because of Obergefell, wrote the Justices, believers in traditional marriage are easily labeled “bigots, making their religious liberty concerns that much easier to dismiss.”

It’s a conflict putting lives and livelihoods at risk, and it must be addressed.

Or, as Justices Thomas and Alito put it: “By choosing to privilege a novel constitutional right [to same-sex marriage] over the religious liberty interests explicitly protected in the First Amendment… the Court has created a problem that only it can fix.”

Sounds like a gauntlet has been thrown.

Copyright 2020 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

How Marriage Is Helping Us Through COVID

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

National Review recently pointed to new research that suggests married couples are best positioned to weather the emotional and financial storms of the COVID-19 pandemic. It sounds like common sense: Married people are much less likely to report feeling lonely or isolated (despite the social distancing) and are also more financially stable than those living on their own. They also tend to have wider family networks to rely on in times of trouble.

Of course, none of this suggests that married people are morally superior to single people, or that marriage is a guarantee for success. What it does reinforce, yet again, is the truth that marriage is a good thing, not a tool of patriarchal oppression or a loss of freedom, as we so often hear. And it suggests that the decline of marriage is not a healthy trend.

And, this study should remind us married folks to look out for friends, neighbors and family who live alone.

Copyright 2020 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Massachusetts City Opts to Recognize Polyamorous Relationships

Last month the Somerville, Massachusetts City Council voted unanimously to amend its Domestic Partnership ordinance to recognize polyamorous relationships — relationships consisting of more than just two people.

The city council member who proposed the changes to the ordinances told the rest of the council, “government shouldn’t be defining what a family is, and in fact has done a poor job of it in the past,” according to minutes from June 25 the meeting.

You may recall that the push to legalize same-sex marriage began similarly in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the early 2000s, with same-sex couples receiving varying degrees of recognition through domestic partnership measures.

We have written repeatedly about how same-sex marriage blazes a trail for polygamy and how polygamists are using the same playbook that homosexual activists used 20 years ago.

There are plenty of problems with polygamy, but one of the chief problems is that it hurts children.

Time and time again we’ve seen that the best place for a child is in a stable home with a married mother and father, and that children raised in any other type of home fare worse than those raised by a mom and a dad.

Unfortunately, the needs of children don’t appear to be driving public policy in Somerville, Massachusets.