By W. Scott Lamb, A Christian Manifesto.
For many years prior to Friday’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision by SCOTUS, people on both sides of the same-sex marriage discussion have debated the religious liberty consequences such a decision might bring.
How long would it take before same-sex marriage proponents moved on from Obergefell and declared battle against sexual-orientation based discrimination in housing and employment? And, how quickly would they draw religious institutions into their cross hairs?
Less than 24 hours.
Taking aim #1: Evan Wolfson
In Saturday’s New York Times, Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry—and a chief architect of the political and cultural strategy for same-sex marriage, asked, “What’s Next in the Fight for Gay Equality?”
“Securing protections from discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans needs to be our priority. In too many parts of the country, people can still be fired, evicted, refused service or even humiliated at stores or restaurants because of their sexual orientation or gender identity — in other words, just for being who they are.”
And to make things very clear, Wolfson knows that his opponent is not just a small business owner who chooses not to hire a homosexual or the owner of a duplex who decides she does not want a gay couple renting the other unit. No, Wolfson knows that the bigger giants needing to be slain, in his estimation, are all the religious institutions who would block employment or residency based on sexual orientation. For example a Christian school or college—of which there are tens of thousands in the United States—who would not hire a gay or lesbian teacher. Or the hundreds of thousands of churches who would never give the first consideration to hiring an openly homosexual person as a minister.