I keep hearing about this preacher out West who is being arrested for refusing to perform a same sex marriage. This is where I knew that the gay marriage cause was going to go and the biggest reason that marriage should have never become a service of the state. For better or worse, when this country was founded, it was a bit more of a religious time, and marriage was a huge part of day to day life. As much as the founding fathers wanted to separate church and state, this became a function for the state to recognize what was or was not a marriage. They were government functions, and most of the WASPs that were in the country at the time could not foresee where we have taken relationships to in the modern era. But that is not the point of freedom. We have to imagine all possibilities and say that even these things that we haven’t even thought of yet, they will be protected and they will remain free.
As I have mentioned in many other places, I am Pagan and proudly so. I have a faith where being in a relationship, even one defined as a marriage, where monogamy is not a tenant. Now, no matter what your personal convictions are, I am a firm believer that people will always do as much as they can get away with when it suits them. In states where “adultery” is legally defined as having sex outside of the person that you are married to, and committing adultery can forfeit your assets to the “injured” party, people will lie when it suits them. Relationships end for all kinds of reasons, open and monogamous alike. It is not up for a court to decide that just because an open marriage doesn’t work, to get to give a moral say just because one party has proof. We all know that these kinds of morality laws are on the books from state to state. In Maryland here, it is illegal to have premarital sex in a hotel room. Now we justify that such things are never enforced, but the point is that they have every bit as much legal merit as not murdering, and if someone ever made a case against you, then there is little to nothing that you can do.
That is why this preacher being arrested scares me. He was simply practicing his faith. I am not saying that the government should not allow this gay couple to wed, but how is it not a vendictive action to go after someone that disagrees with you, is practicing their own freedoms, and you choose to infringe on them and then make him have to hire lawyers and go through all this legal mess. It isn’t as if the preacher was a state employee, but the case here is that he did have a state licence to perform marriages. State sanctioned religion. It will never end well, and no matter what the legal decision ends up being, you are going to have a decision in it that will be looked at and used against the American people putting more stupid laws on the books that infringe our rights.