Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty University’s School of Law, said that if gay marriage were legalized across the board, it would result in a civil war. Here’s what he said:
Basically marriage will be completely destroyed, families will be destroyed, children will be hurt by this and freedom of speech and freedom of religion, including in the pulpit itself, will absolutely be bulldozed over. This would open a floodgate of unimaginable proportions…
This is the thing that revolutions literally are made of. This would be more devastating to our freedom, to our religious freedom, to the rights of pastors and their duty to be able to speak and to Christians around the country, then anything that the revolutionaries during the American Revolution even dreamed of facing. This would be the thing that revolutions are made of. This could split the country right in two. This could cause another civil war. I’m not talking about just people protesting in the streets, this could be that level because what would ultimately happen is a direct collision would immediately happen with pastors, with churches, with Christians, with Christian ministries, with other businesses, it would be an avalanche that would go across the country.
… If we ultimately say as a court and if the country follows it that marriage is between two people of the same sex and it’s now how common sense, history and the Bible ultimately defines it, that has catastrophic consequences. That is staggering and it is actually something that we ought to be in significant prayer about because this could be the unraveling of the United States.
Well, I live in Canada and gay marriage has been legal here for some time. Yeah, some of the religious sects got their panties in a knot when it was being debated, but ultimately, nothing changed. The only thing that changed were homosexuals were finally able to enjoy equal rights – they were able to remove their neck from beneath the foot of religion.
I’ve never really understood the opposition to gay marriage in the first place. Why do heterosexuals think that if gay marriage were legal, that it would suddenly affect them in some way? It’s like they think one heterosexual couple will be divorced for every same-sex couple that gets married. If they’re interested in upholding marriage, heterosexual couples have made a mockery of the institution already. You’d have more marriages with same-sex couples being married.
I’m also not sure why it would be devastating to religious freedom. I think it’s a boon. All those same-sex couples currently being oppressed could finally practice their freedom from religion and their right not to believe that 2000 year old books should run their lives in any way, unless they choose it to be so.
The man is as much as admitting that the only reason same-sex marriages aren’t legal is because of religion. Doesn’t the United States have a separation of church and state? Laws aren’t supposed to be based on religion anyhow…right?
However, America isn’t Canada. America is more religious. So maybe this guy has a point.
Do you think that making same-sex marriage legal across the country would result in a civil war?