Love seems to have won and our nation is now moving towards a multi-coloured future where couples are allowed to wed regardless of gender. In fact, last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court has determined that a new standardization will be enforced the nation over regarding the manner in which employees must be treated regarding their spousal benefits. Employers must now extend the same benefits to same-sex couples as they would any other married couple.
But there are those who aren’t pleased with the new views and laws governing gay marriage. Kansas’ Gov. Sam Brownback, for instance, is one of them. This Tuesday, the governor issued an executive order which provides the legal leeway necessary for Kansas to sidestep the Supreme Court’s ruling. The executive order, regarding religious objections, has been specially crafted to shield those religious organizations refusing to perform same-gender weddings.
Yet other states have already begun enforcing legal punishments for those with religious objections as to wedding, accommodating or offering services to same-sex couples. A couple from Oregon, for instance, who refused to honor a wedding cake order placed by a lesbian couple will be forced to pay a $135,000 fine.
Kansas Gov. Brownback explained that his legislative initiative is meant to ensure that everyone’s religious liberties are being respected and protected. Whether this affirmation is a euphemism for maintaining every Kansas citizen’s legal right of discriminating against same-sex couples remains to be seen.
Yet isn’t the Supreme Court’s ruling a reflection of how our country’s laws are in correspondence with the kindness and love of its people? We may not all agree with same-sex marriage but that doesn’t mean that we should be denying services to those who live by that standard.
“This is not foot-dragging any more. This is just defiance,” Tom Witt, Equality Kansas executive director said about Gov. Brownback’s initiative.
Legislators should obey the law, especially when it has been revised by competent members such as those in the Supreme Court. Finding a way around last week’s ruling just because of personal disagreement should be beneath any politician.
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