Rush Limbaugh has joined the chorus of ignorant and dishonest people claiming that if gays are allowed to get married, churches will be forced to perform them. Because liberals are just the kind of people who would do that, of course, so that makes it likely to happen:
If the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriages across America, then churches could be forced to perform homosexual weddings, even if they oppose the idea on religious grounds.
That’s according to radio host Rush Limbaugh, who thinks there’s a good chance of it happening.
“The Catholic Church can be forced to give away abortifacients and birth-control pills. Why can’t the Church be forced to marry gay couples who want the sacrament? Any church,” Limbaugh said on his top-rated program Wednesday afternoon.
“I think it’s a pretty safe bet that that kind of thing will happen. Among militant leftists, attacking organized religion is part of the political agenda, whether gay or not.”
Limbaugh continued: “If you had to roll the dice on it, you say, ‘Yeah that’ll be the next phase.’ When it becomes legal and a church refuses to do it, don’t go some place that will, sue the people that won’t. That’s just a political philosophy of people on the left.”
You want to roll the dice on it, Rush? You want to make a “pretty safe bet”? I’ll make a bet with you on. If churches are forced to perform same-sex weddings in this country, I’ll close up Freethought Blogs and hand over everything I own to you. If they aren’t within, say, 5 or 10 years, you end your radio show and give me everything you own. Deal?
This is just such a ridiculous lie, and it’s the same lie that was told about interracial marriage. Have you ever heard of a single church in this country being forced to perform an interracial marriage? No, despite the fact that racial discrimination is explicitly illegal under federal law. So why doesn’t that happen? Because churches are explicitly exempted, both under statutory law and court precedent.