One Homosexual Judge struck down the will of the people yesterday in Oregon declaring the ban of so-called same-sex "marriage" unconstitutional.
A majority vote of Oregon citizens 10 years ago was believed to have protected marriage from the predatory advances of the agenda to redefine marriage.
US District Judge Michael McShane issued his ruling and a homily on morality yesterday, telling people to fear not, "this is not a slippery slope" as some fear "that will have no moral boundaries."
He said, "Generations of Americans, my own included, were raised in a world in which homosexuality was believed to be a moral perversion, a mental disorder, or a mortal sin," he wrote. "I remember that one of the more popular playground games of my childhood was called 'smear the queer' and it was played with great zeal and without a moment's thought to political correctness."
The judge and the government are now giving considerable thought to political correctness, while wrapping it in a cloak of morality.
He continued with this moral instruction:
On a darker level, that same worldview led to an environment of cruelty, violence, and self-loathing. It was but 1986 when the United States Supreme Court justified, on the basis of a 'millennia of moral teaching,' the imprisonment of gay men and lesbian women who engaged in consensual sexual acts. ... Even today I am reminded of the legacy that we have bequeathed today's generation when my son looks dismissively at the sweater I bought him for Christmas and, with a roll of his eyes, says 'dad ... that is so gay.'
McShane said it does not surprise him that many would seek to protect the traditional definition of marriage. "But just as the Constitution protects the expression of these moral viewpoints, it equally protects the minority from being diminished by them," he wrote.
And he concluded with this plea:
"I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families. Families who we would expect our Constitution to protect, if not exalt, in equal measure. With discernment we see not shadows lurking in closets or the stereotypes of what was once believed; rather we see families committed to the common purpose of love, devotion, and service to the greater community.
"Where will this all lead? I know that many suggest we are going down a slippery slope that will have no moral boundaries. To those who truly harbor such fears, I can only say this: Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise."
In his instruction to "look less at the sky"... rather "look to each other"... is he suggesting that people should disregard the Law of God and each become a law unto themselves?
Or is he merely invoking the fairy tale of Chicken Little to define those who hold to traditional biblical marriage?
Judge McShane asks, "Where will all this lead?
Nike released a statement last night saying, "We are pleased with the District Court's ruling. At Nike, we are committed to diversity and inclusion ..."
Columbia Sportswear, Adidas America, The Portland Timbers, Portland Trailblazers and the Oregon Business Association echoed Nike's sentiments.
Homosexuals immediately began getting married.
I am certain this ruling will lead to a challenge.
I'm reminded of Franklin Graham's words this past week. "This is a moral issue that has been settled by God Himself and is not subject to man made revisions or modifications. In the end, I would rather be on the wrong side of public opinion than on the wrong side of Almighty God who established the standard of living for the world He created. Marriage is a biblically moral issue, not a political or theological one."
Franklin reminded us all, "This debate is ultimately about something much more important than the question of same-sex 'marriage'."
"It's about compromise," he said, calling into question the authority of Scripture.
It is also about rebellion toward God.
Contrary to the instruction of the judge, this is a time when all should look up, redemption is near.
This cannot continue without moral consequence.
Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Strong. Be Bold.