Dear Supreme Court,
If you can’t stand up for the civil rights of same sex couples, and you can’t stand up for the rights of loving families to be legally bound to one another, then please find the courage to stand up for my First Amendment rights.
This is not a question of morality. We don’t legislate morality in this county; we protect the rights of its citizens (at least in theory). Murder is not illegal because you might go to hell, murder is illegal because it takes away another person’s right to live. It’s not a commandment; it’s a protection of rights guaranteed by our constitution.
There’s no question that our country has failed miserably in protecting the rights of the LGBT community. But whether or not you believe we should move forward as a civilized country that supports all if its citizens equally, you should be worried today about your own First Amendment rights.
There is no legitimate secular argument supporting a legal definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Actually, there’s no legitimate argument period. Those who want marriage legally defined as such are basing it on the context of “right” and “wrong” within their own religion.
Maybe it doesn’t bother you that there could be a law based on religion, but it should. If you think it’s ok, it’s probably because your religion is the one “in power” at the moment. But it won’t always be. Someday the people in charge will be reading a different book, or (gasp!) no book at all. And you will have already given them permission to make laws based on the morality found in their books and temples, not based on the rights of the citizens of this country. You will have said, Yes, I support laws prohibiting me from exercising my religious freedoms. You will have said, Yes, discrimination and oppression are fine as long as someone believes it’s condoned by a higher power. You will have said, Yes, you have permission to define the morality by which I live as long as you have 51% of the vote.
If you don’t want to someday be a Jewish Nation, or a Druze Nation, or an Islam Nation, or a Buddhist Nation, or an Atheist Nation, or a Wicca Nation, then you need to stop trying to make us a Christian Nation. We are not. We are a Nation whose citizens are guaranteed in the First Amendment that their “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
If you can’t support equality, you should at least support freedom. It is, after all, the theoretical foundation of this country.