One reason why religious people worry about same-sex marriage
Supporters of traditional marriage often worry about potential impacts the legalization of same-sex marriage will have on their religious rights. They have cause to worry. Several news reports have surfaced reporting how religious individuals have been penalized for voicing their opposition to the LBGT agenda. The most recent incident was a Catholic professor who was fired after he stated that he believed that homosexual acts were immoral.
There is historcal reason to worry about the government redefining marriage as well. In the late 1800’s, when the federal government outlawed bigamy and polygamy, Mormons who supported polygamous marriages were stripped of several basic rights. Via the Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887, Mormon women were stripped of their right to vote, people were penalized for refusing to testify in court, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was unincorporated, and several Mormon men were imprisoned. Utah and other Western territories were later forced to include prohibitions on polygamy in their state constitutions. For more information on these historical events, check out the following wikipedia articles: Edmunds Act, Edmunds-Tucker Act, History of civil marriage in the USA, History of Utah.
Most advocates of same-sex marriage argue that religious organizations would never be forced to perform same-sex marriages. That may (or may not) be true, but the issue is broader than that. Will religious wedding photographers be forced to photograph same-sex ceremonies? Will religious people be able to find public education that doesn’t indoctrinate their children with the idea that same-sex marriage is a positive thing? Will university professors, businesspeople, and others be able to publically hold the view that same-sex marriage is immoral without being sued or fired?
These questions are not fearmongering. They are based in actual events and questions like these are one of the reasons many religious people are concerned about efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.