By Dr. Albert Mohler
President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
In a narrow 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court in its Obergefell decision has now imposed its mandate redefining marriage on all 50 states.
The majority's argument, expressed by Justice Kennedy, is that the right of same-sex couples to marry is based in individual autonomy as related to sexuality, in marriage as a fundamental right, in marriage as a privileged context for raising children, and in upholding marriage as central to civilization. But at every one of these points, the majority had to reinvent marriage in order to make its case. The Court has not merely ordered that same-sex couples be allowed to marry --- it has fundamentally redefined marriage itself. It is virtually impossible to overstate this case.
One of the most dangerous dimensions of this decision is evident in what can only be described as the majority's vilification of those who hold to a traditional view of marriage, as noted by Justice Samuel Alito. According to the majority's argument, any opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in moral animus against homosexuals. The majority's argument slanders any defender of traditional marriage and openly rejects and vilifies those who, on the grounds of theological conviction, cannot affirm same-sex marriage.
Clearly, Christians and others who define marriage as the union of a man and a woman by religious conviction face new challenges. We are about to find out how just how tolerant those who have been advocating toleration really mean to be.
I'm Dr. Albert Mohler, and that's my Point of View.