Same-sex marriage opponents planning strategy as issue reaches Supreme Court

Last October, a federal judge overturned the ban on same-sex marriage and this week it is in front of the Supreme Court.

The nation has become more ready to accept the change since last year. But that does not mean everybody is on board with same-sex marriage. The strong opposition of same-sex marriage is already planning their reaction if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the same-sex marriage.

John G. Kallam Jr., an appointed county magistrate in North Carolina, resigned from his position, along with six others, when he became required to perform civil marriages, according to The New York Times.

“Sodom and Gomorrah, that story alone tells you what God thinks of same-sex marriage,” he said. “God said that homosexual behavior is a sin and that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

North Carolina was one of 30 other states that took on the constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in 2012. Now these states and voters are shocked by where the ban is today.

According to a survey in 2014, about one-third of Americans are still in strong opposition to same-sex marriage. Which means that over half of Americans are for it, an increase from the past years.

Same-sex marriages are now routine in many states including Vermont and New York. And in California, the ban was lifted years ago.

But the opposition is coming on strong from the South and the Great Plains. Most residents in these areas still believe that gay couples should not be allowed to get married. The conservative leaders of these areas have stuck to defending these beliefs, no matter what the Supreme Court says. But the fact is there will not be many practical options for them if the Supreme Court rules in favor of lifting the ban.

“If the government wants to pretend to redefine marriage, I don’t think that will settle the issue,” said Tami Fitzgerald, the executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition.

Already, the opposition to same-sex marriage is preparing a very energetic attempt response if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, which is what is expected.

Opponents plan to immediately call for protections for conservative religious officials or vendors who want zero involvement in any same-sex wedding.

These actions might create some political heat as have the recent similar happenings in Indiana and Arkansas where governors have stepped in under pressure to help protect these so-called religious freedom bills.

It continues to be a debate as to whether public officials can choose who to protect against federal rulings.

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