I’ve been reading about some of the lies used by “Christian” organizations that are fighting marriage equality. Some of them I’ve talked about in past posts but this one is new to me. Apparently they’ve been using it before. This one may be considered more a half truth than a lie but it is being used to mislead so I guess it is the same thing.
The truth is ….
In 1885, the U.S. Supreme Court, in response to Utah’s petition to enter the Union, declared that to be admitted any state had to have laws resting on “the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization, the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement.”
Now this is in relation to the marriage of one man to multiple partners. In theory there is nothing wrong with this as long as it is all open and honest. However, in a closed community there is a strong danger of the abuse of young women. Some of these girls are forced into marriage as young as 14. One wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism aka the LDS Church, was that age when she wed him. Then there is an argument that there would not be enough women for all the men if many of them had multiple wives.
If you think about it, none of these arguments have anything to do with marriage equality. Other than the words “one man and one woman” the decision has nothing to do with marriage equality and the intent of it doesn’t either.
So what is the point of that quote? It is to mislead people into thinking that the Supreme Court has ruled against marriage equality. Obviously this can’t be the case or they would have quoted from other cases where they court has ruled against same-sex unions.
As I’ve said before, these people can’t be true Christians as all they do is hate and that’s totally against the teachings of Christ. Also, they misinterpret, misrepresent and completely lie in an effort to win their fight. Thankfully, there are a lot of good people; gay, lesbian and straight who know better and are fighting back. I pray that in 2012 they achieve a lot of success.