In a video called “Not Alone” which has gone viral at 1.4 million hits on Youtube with 3,825 likes and 52,409 dislikes, a group of gay marriage opponents share their attitude of “traditional” marriage, and believe their views are being “suppressed.”
“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman…no one’s views should be suppressed.”
The reactions to this video are contrary to the overwhelming majority of people in the United States who approve of gay marriage, but who have only recent overtaken what once was a majority against it. Clearly, times have changed.
The anxiety has now switched, apparently, from the gay community and its supporters feeling persecuted to the gay marriage opponents who hold the opposite view themselves feeling persecuted in what is claimed to be a bully campaign — ironically — by the gay rights movement itself. The video reflects a backlash to the recent arrest of Kim Davis described on Google curtly.
“The Rowan County clerk who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her bid for a stay when the U.S. Supreme Court denied her application.”
So what is at stake in these gay marriage wars? There are two entrenched views, each opposing the other, one of the secular state versus the religious state. One might harken back to King Henry VIII who formally took hold of the state against Papal authority to illustrate the statist power, as was born the modern political system. In fact, the First Amendment of the United States puts it succinctly.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Despite its apparent clearness on both sides, unfortunately, the above leaves open the interpretation that the prohibition of one exercising their religion in their employment could be a violation of the First Amendment, but by virtue of being an agent of the state, the agent’s [Kim Davis’] obligation to carry out the democratic state’s orders, is a priori. It is simply a matter of judicial process to carry out state law through officials, such as Kim Davis, compliant to the country first and religion second. They are, in fact, public servants.
And so gays have gotten the federal mandate they needed to judicially have the right to marry in the Supreme Court Ruling, which had Kim Davis arrested for her continued personal denial of gay marriage based on her religious beliefs. The whole confusion comes down to the core libertarian value of America.
“Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make.”
Because becoming a libertarian is a learning process. pic.twitter.com/z1vWu1aIzi
— Rothbardian (@Sebastian_JKT) September 4, 2015
One side has clearly won out over the other, at least officially. Unofficially, the religious right of America is using this as yet another opportunity to openly defy the Obama government. In fact, Kim Davis has been “hailed” by the “Right Wing Watch,” whose members include Ted Cruz, who is running for the Republican ticket on the 2016 American presidential election.
Every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty should stand w/ Kim Davis: https://t.co/zyBRG91OXG https://t.co/0DGG9gZyQE
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 6, 2015
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