If you watch the news, you have certainly heard about businesses that are being forced by legal opinions to provide services to the gay community even though the business owners believe this is a violation of their religious liberty and their right to free speech. The news has covered the stories of the bakers in Colorado and Oregon who are being forced to bake wedding cakes for gay couples. Then recently we learned about the wedding chapel in Idaho that is being forced to perform same-sex marriages. All of these business owners believe what the Bible teaches…that marriage is between one man and one woman. Yet, the courts and government agencies are telling these folks they must violate their conscience when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage.
Recently, another story has made the news. This involves Judge Tonya Parker from Dallas County, Texas. Judge Parker is refusing to marry heterosexual couples. That’s right…Christian bakers are being forced to bake cakes for same sex weddings, Christian wedding chapels are being forced to marry same-sex couples but nobody bats an eye when this judge refuses to marry heterosexual couples.
Here’s why Judge Parker says she is refusing to perform heterosexual marriages. She said this:
I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state. So I usually will offer them something along the lines of ‘I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.’ And it’s kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that can’t be performed for me, so I’m not going to do it.
Sounds to me like a kid who gets mad and takes her ball and goes home pouting saying, If Texas doesn’t allow same-sex marriage than I won’t marry you heterosexuals.
It is also reported that Parker said she passes heterosexual marriage ceremonies on to other judges so they can do the marriages.
Now let’s think about this for a minute. If this is truly the case then we should permit the bakers and wedding chapel owners to simply refer same-sex couples to others who will provide the service, right? Well…unfortunately, no.
What you are seeing is the double standard Christians face today. The judge refuses to marry heterosexual couples but the business owners get fined or lose their business for taking the same position. We have a gay culture in America that screams for tolerance but quickly becomes intolerant with those that disagree with their position. For these folks tolerance is a one-way street.
We must not forget that religious liberty is a right for all of us…Christians too. This is abundantly clear by simply reading the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. So Judge Parker, I could agree with you but only if it works both ways. Don’t tell me how to apply my Christian beliefs to my business and I won’t tell you what marriages to perform.