The Christian ministry Focus on the Family's political arm CitzenLink made some scary predictions about the fallout from the possible legalization of gay marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court.
CitizenLink host Stuart Shepard claimed that "legal experts" predicted a wild array of scenarios, but didn't mention any of those experts by name (video below).
Shepard claimed that parents may not have a voice or be able to opt-out their children from classes in schools where kids are taught about marriage, and teachers who support heterosexual marriage (only) could be fired.
Shepard added that college accreditation for Christian universities may be attacked, and government loans for those students will vanish.
More of the disastrous fallout, according to Shepard, could include religious-based adoption agencies having to close, and Christian business owners being sued for discriminating against gay people (which is already happened because of state anti-discrimination laws, not gay marriage).
Shepard also warned that churches could get sued if they refuse to allow gay marriage receptions in their buildings, while religious-based charities and relief groups may lose their government grant money.
Christian organizations that hire those with Christian views could be under attack, as may U.S. service members who disagree with gay marriage, Shepard claimed.
He added that city and county government employees who support marriage for heterosexuals only could be fired.
Shepard's advice for viewers was to pray, support laws that "protect religious freedom" and candidates who support "God's timeless design for marriage."
However, new laws and conservative politicians would not be able to overrule a gay marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Memphis, Tennessee, today, several pastors held a news conference announcing that they would fight gay marriage if it is legalized by the High Court, reported WREG.
Rev. Bill Owens, head of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said:
We stand today to put America on notice that we will not obey an unjust law ... So same sex marriages, they try to claim to is a civil right. They hijacked the Civil Rights Movement and say that it’s the same thing, but it’s not the same thing.
However, Will Batts, of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, countered:
This is a matter of being treated fairly and equally by the state. It’s not really a matter of anyone else’s business at this point...
I’ve never really talked about this as a civil rights issue and because I know that has some history, and some legacy and some meaning and we need to respect that. But this is an equal rights issue. This is about being treated the same as every other couple.