Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Thomas: Same-Sex Marriage Is Only the Beginning

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Thomas: Same-Sex Marriage Is Only the Beginning

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"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday's narrow, 5- 4, decision by the Supreme Court legalizing marriage between people of the same sex.

That the majority threw a bone to religious people, their churches and institutions, saying they could continue to preach and teach that homosexual marriage is wrong, will almost certainly be challenged by gay activists and secularists whose goal is to drive religious people, and especially Christians, out of the public square.

What might be a preview of things to come occurred last week when the Fairfax County (Va.) School Board voted 10-2 to approve a "gender identity" curriculum for children starting in seventh grade. News reports said the crowd that showed up for the vote overwhelmingly opposed the decision, but majorities no longer matter. Minorities rule, except on the Supreme Court.

Given their political clout and antipathy to Christian doctrines, some gay activists are likely to go after the tax-exempt status of Christian colleges that prohibit cohabitation of unmarried students, or openly homosexual ones, as well as churches that refuse to marry them. As with legal challenges to the owners of bakeries that have been in the news for refusing to bake a cake for same-sex weddings, activists who demand total conformity to their agenda will seek to put out of business and silence anyone who believes differently.

This is diversity? No, this is enforced orthodoxy of a different kind and in violation of the Constitution and the protection the Founders gave to people of faith. It was Thomas Jefferson, a deist who edited his own version of the Bible, who said, "No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority."

In the Supreme Court's decision reversing history, tradition and, yes, the biblical authority it tacitly acknowledges in the friezes on its wall honoring Moses and other law-givers, five unelected judges have imposed on more than 300 million Americans what many still believe to be an "abomination. …

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