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In September of 2013 I attended a conference on threats to religious liberty in the US, due to legislation on Same Sex Marriage. This is a full transcript of the interview with the speaker, who asked not to be named. The news story, with video, is here.
Em Setembro de 2013 estive numa conferência sobre as ameaças à liberdade religiosa nos Estados Unidos, devido à legislação sobre casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo. Esta é uma transcrição completa da entrevista à oradora, que pediu para não ser identificada. A reportagem pode ser lida/vista aqui.
You are here to speak about gay marriage and the possible effects on religious liberty of the approval of gay marriage. You have asked me not to identify you and not to film you. Why is this?
There is a concern about losing my job. I work for a corporation. And although I am not aware of anything in particular in my company, I have seen cases of individuals who have lost their jobs in private companies simply for stating things as innocuous as “I support traditional marriage”, not even anything that is disrespectful to anybody suffering from same-sex attraction.
Have there been other cases of persecution because of their beliefs? Because their line of work has clashed with same-sex marriage or homosexuality?
Some of the more recent ones are in the area of marriage services. A couple who owns a bakery would not provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. They were fined, sued and ultimately she closed her bakery. We have a more recent case in New Mexico with the photographer who refused to provide photography services at a same sex ceremony. So those are more in the business sector, related to providing services. Those are some of the more prominent and recent ones. Then there are cases of people losing their jobs from saying things outside of work.
How about the school system? Should people be concerned with the education of their children if they don’t agree with this?
They have started teaching it. Massachusetts is the first state in the USA that approved the redefinition of marriage. In that state they are teaching that the homosexual life-style and gay marriage is natural and good, and that is being taught in the schools. Parents have not been able to object to that or even be notified. There is a concern that that kind of teaching and restriction on parents will also go into other states that approve same-sex marriage.
How far do you see this going? Could there be a backlash, or do you think that society is coming round to this idea?
Right now in the states, especially because of the youth, it looks like the wave will be that most states will ultimately accept same-sex marriage. But I think that if we get on top of that and educate people about what marriage really is, we might stem that.
California is a great example, it is one of the most liberal states, and for California to pass a constitutional amendment that defines marriage between one man and one woman, is I think is only by intervention of God. The unfortunate part is that the court disagreed with the people of California, but the fact that there could be any kind of a public campaign and education on what marriage is, to bring California public opinion around to that, I would be optimistic we could do that elsewhere.
In California there was an enormous backlash against the Mormon Church, for having backed Proposition 8. Obviously the Catholic Church will always be against the concept of Gay Marriage, can we foresee a time when the church will be pushed out of the public square because of what it defends?
I think we are seeing more of that, and we are expecting to see more. And I think it is unfortunate that we are having commentators coming out and indicating that the Church should get out of this debate, because they are concerned about the backlash to the church. I hope the hierarchy doesn’t listen to that, I think we have to take this head on. Because of the religious liberty issue it is really critical to us.