As Christians expected, the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage to include two people of the same sex. Some lawmakers passed pre-emptive measures to protect Christians who don’t want to perform, participate in, or celebrate homosexual “marriages.”
Examples: Two U.S. lawmakers are pushing the First Amendment Defense Act, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that will protect state-funded religious adoption agencies that want to avoid placing children in homosexual households, and North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill protecting magistrates who don’t want to perform “marriages.”
The more “rights” the government creates for homosexuals, the weaker our First Amendment religious freedom becomes.
WORLD reported that Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas has issued a post-decision executive order that protects clergy and churches from the homosexual lobby’s lawsuits for refusing to condone or promote what God calls sin. An excerpt:
“We have a duty to govern and to govern in accordance with the Constitution as it has been determined by the Supreme Court decision,” Brownback said in a prepared statement. “We also recognize that religious liberty is at the heart of who we are as Kansans and Americans, and should be protected. The Kansas Bill of Rights affirms the right to worship according to ‘dictates of conscience’ and further protects against any infringement of that right. Today’s Executive Order protects Kansas clergy and religious organizations from being forced to participate in activities that violate their sincerely and deeply held beliefs.”