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John Piper argues that same-sex marriage could threaten religious liberty

John Piper’s latest blog post is a step in the right direction.

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When I preached on the implications of the legalizing of so-called same sex marriage I said, “Pretending that [marriage] can exist between people of the same sex will send ripple effects of dysfunction and destruction in every direction, most of which are now unforeseen.”

Here is an example you may not have foreseen. There are hundreds of others on the way.

It has been reported that in the case of Elane Photography v. Willock (NM Ct. App., May 31, 2012) a New Mexico state appeals court held that a photography firm’s refusal to provide its services to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony violates the New Mexico Human Rights Act’s prohibition on discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation.

According to the court:

Elane Photography’s owners are Christians who believe that marriage is a sacred union of one man and one woman. They also believe that photography is an artistically expressive form of communication and photographing a same-sex commitment ceremony would disobey God and the teachings of the Bible by communicating a message contrary to their religious and personal beliefs.

Rejecting Elane Photography’s free expression arguments, the court held:

The mere fact that a business provides a good or service with a recognized expressive element does not allow the business to engage in discriminatory practices… While Elane Photography does exercise some degree of control over the photographs it is hired to take… this control does not transform the photographs into a message from Elane Photography.

This is why on a recent panel discussion of pastors at a TGC meeting there was general consensus that if so-called same sex marriage is legalized, there will be a lot of conscientious, loving Christians going to jail.

Now this is more like it. This is better.

The example of Wayne Grudem

Now take a listen to John Piper’s friend Wayne Grudem being interviewed about a pastor’s role in politics, on the Frank Turek show.

The MP3 file is here

Listen closely to the part where Grudem says that pastors who do not get involved politically will face judgment. That’s right.

I think John Piper could do even more good by bringing up research like Wayne Grudem does in his book “Politics According to the Bible”. He has an entire section in that book on arguments against same-sex marriage from “reason and experience”.