Gay marriage violates religious rules? Not true

When the Supreme Court announced its 5-4 decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday, some religious leaders wanted everyone to believe that the justices in the majority were acting contrary to the dictates of traditional religion. That is simply not true.

Some groups are claiming to act under the guise of faith in advocating discrimination. “I think there are many secular progressives who assume many religious groups will simply get over our understanding of marriage as a result of a cultural change and that’s not going to happen,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

But, in fact, you don’t have to be a “secular progressive” to see that the Supreme Court made the right decision. You just have to understand traditional religious teachings.

The first chapter of the Book of Genesis reads: “God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness… So God created human beings in the divine image, creating them in the image of God.”

These verses compel us to extend and recognize the same rights to everyone in our community. Those verses make no distinction based on sexual orientation, rather, they embrace everyone, including individuals who identify as straight, gay, lesbian, or transgender. So, too, the Biblical verse, “Justice, justice shall you pursue” teaches us that we have a responsibility to seek justice for all.

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