America's freedom of religion and speech are about to come under attack throughout the nation, but the major news media apparently don't grasp the significance of the California Supreme Court's decision mandating same-sex marriage in the Golden State.
Yesterday, at the National Press Club in
Only one major liberal news organization, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reported on the event. A homosexual newspaper, The Washington Blade, and conservative Internet news site Worldnetdaily also published stories. No television or cable network news organizations sent reporters to the event, nor did the New York Times or the hometown
During the panel discussion, FRC Senior Fellow and former
The Cleveland Plain Dealer quoted Blackwell saying “This is not an isolated
Only WorldNetDaily, a conservative news source, spelled out the specific ramifications of
No news organization, however, reported panelist Glen Lavy's warnings about a profoundly significant element of the ruling, “the court's creation of a suspect class for sexual orientation.” Making sexual orientation a “suspect class” comparable to race, disability or national origin forces California to extend special civil rights protections to homosexuals, and makes criticism of homosexual behavior, even in the pulpit, a potential hate crime.
Lavy, Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund and the lead attorney in the
Lavy went on to note that city clerks may be forced to perform same-sex civil marriages despite their personal objections. As well, he mentioned that the arguments for same-sex “marriage” are the same as those for polygamous and even incestuous marriages.
Panelist Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel noted that “once you elevate homosexuality to the level of race you will impact churches significantly in employment practices, tax exemption status, as well as freedom of speech.” He also gave the example of wedding caterers, who may find themselves in court if they are unwilling to cater for homosexual couples as well as heterosexual couples.
The panel denounced and criticized