The Possible Chilling Effect of Legal Decisions

So you don’t think Christians are facing persecution in America? You might re-evaluate that line of thinking after reading this blog post concerning a recent ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court in a 2006 case about a photographer couple who refused to take the photos for a “commitment ceremony” (New Mexico doesn’t permit gay marriage) because it conflicted with their personal beliefs.

I pulled this from the article: In a concurrence accompanying the opinion, Justice Richard C. Bosson wrote that the photographer and her husband, Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, “now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” adding “it is the price of citizenship.” (Emphasis added.)

If this stands up–and I can’t see how this would not head to the US Supreme Court–the door would be wide open to force every church to handle homosexual weddings. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, your citizenship holds the highest priority, at least according to this court decision.

What this would speed up is for churches to get out of the marriage business, at least out of the legal portion of it. Couples could always come and have their civil marriages blessed in the church, but the church would no longer be the agent of the state in handling the affairs of the government. This has been predicted for some time. Now it appears to be closer than we thought.

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