BY LUKE VISCONTI
Does Gay Marriage Violate
Your Religious Values?
We’re reaching a crossroads in the way our country treats its LGBT
citizens. The dominos are starting to fall—Connecticut, Iowa,
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont now allow
gay marriage (or will do so by January).
Does this change in law violate your religion? No, and I’ll explain why
that cannot be the case.
The First Amendment to our Constitution opens with: “Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof.” In plain words, this means that we are protected from a
state religion—and religion has protection from the state.
Although the word “marriage”
is significant in many religions, the
word has been used by the state to
define a set of privileges granted to
a married couple. The rights of the
people MUST be protected, and the
rights of your church, synagogue,
temple, mosque or other house of
worship must ALSO be protected.
The state must enforce rights
equally, regardless of orientation,
but your house of worship will
NEVER be forced to marry or recognize two same-sex people.
It’s that simple.
It is therefore anti-American to
define a legal term (marriage) from
the viewpoint of a religious creed
and insist that definition apply to
every citizen. By fact, this would
define a state religion.
We’ve received more hate
mail regarding gay marriage than
any other subject in our 12-year
publishing history—almost all of
it from self-described American
“Christians” who either disregard
this concept or don’t understand it.
However, gay marriage is not
anti-Christian, nor does defending
it from a constitutional standpoint
contradict the intent of the Chris-
tian framers of our Constitution.
The core of Christianity is built on
the concept of liberation, as is the
foundation of our country. This
concept of liberation so antagonized
the oppressive Roman government
that the soldiers of that state crucified Christ by driving nails into his
body to hang him until he died of
blood loss and asphyxiation.
The history of liberators is
defined by sacrifice. From the
battlefields of the Revolution
and the Civil War to the murder
of civil-rights activists, the yoke
of bondage is never lifted by the
oppressor. It must be thrown off by
As the framers could not
anticipate women’s suffrage, they
could not anticipate LGBT rights.
However, the wisdom of the framers of our Constitution enabled
our Constitution to be a living
document, subject to evolution. In
doing so, they not only created the
planet’s longest-lived Constitution,
they created a nation that has liberated more people and thereby built
more wealth than any other.
Liberators such as Benjamin
Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Susan
Stonewall Inn in New York City,
site of 1969 riots, put the
national spotlight on LGBT rights.
B. Anthony and Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. tell us with their deeds,
speeches and writings with absolute
certainty that our nation’s sustainability demands that we continuously and righteously expand civil
and human rights for all citizens of
It is our birthright and our
obligation to continue lifting the
yoke of bondage from our fellow
citizens—and we will do so. This is
why gay marriage will happen.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
said, “The arc of the moral universe
is long, but it bends toward justice.”