Five major religious groups — the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod — have filed an amicus brief in the case challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. It contains the usual bad arguments, though they admit that it’s all about religion:
We are among the “many religions [that] recognize marriage as having spiritual significance,” indeed as being truly “sacred.” Our respective religious doctrines hold that marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children. We believe that children, families, society, and our Nation thrive best when husband-wife marriage is upheld and strengthened as a cherished, primary social institution. The family lives of millions of Americans are ordered around and given deep meaning and stability by these beliefs.
And…therefore…what? Why do you think your religious beliefs justify a particular legislative or judicial outcome? We do not live in a theocracy. They do still try, lamely, to find some non-religious rationale for their position, but because those arguments are really just a pretext they are decidedly irrational:
Undermining the husband-wife marital institution by redefining it to include same-sex couples will, in the long term, harm vital child-welfare interests that only the husband-wife definition can secure. The result will be more mothers and fathers concluding that the highest end of marriage is not the welfare of their children but the advancement of their own life choices. We know, from personal experience over numerous decades of ministering to families and children, that more focus on satisfying adult needs will not benefit vulnerable children.
Think about the argument they’re making here. They’re arguing that straight married couples, presumably those in their own religious traditions, are so shallow that the mere fact that gay people are allowed to get married will make them decide that their own children are less important. And therefore we must deny equal rights to gay people, and deny those same protections to the children of gay people, in order to keep straight people from deprioritizing their own kids. Great argument you’ve come up with. Absolutely brilliant.