One of the odd things about the state of politics is that the views of politicians almost always lag behind that of the voters since it takes time to throw out an incumbent who longer represents the views of his or her constituency. But usually the views of voters on major issues change slowly enough over time that this discrepancy is not glaring.
Not so with same sex marriage. Here the general opinion is shifting so rapidly that we now see politicians in office who were swept into office less than ten years ago when opposition to it was high now out of touch with current opinions but still thinking that they represent the majority view. This causes them to take actions that seem ludicrous.
Take what the state of Indiana just did, where the Republicans have amended the criminal code the Republican party in Indiana appears to “have amended the state criminal code to either make it a crime, or confirm that it remain a crime, for clergy to conduct weddings for gay couples.”
The problem is that many religious denominations and individual congregations allow their clergy to ‘bless’ or otherwise provide some degree of solemnization for same-sex couples, even if the state does not allow them to legally marry. But now “The amendment to the criminal code, which will go into effect on July 1, 2014, makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 for clergy “solemnize” a marriage of two men or two women.”
So the Republican-controlled state legislature of Indiana, normally vocal defenders of ‘religious freedom’, are now limiting the freedom of religious institutions. I wonder what will happen if some clergy go ahead and blesses a wedding anyway. Will they really prosecute them and throw them in jail?