Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have seen the extensive commentary regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week on gay marriage and its impact on our country. There is no doubt that these unelected judges made law from the bench and substituted their opinions for the law.
Summary of the Constitution’s Assault
In his dissent against the Supreme Court’s overreach on the legalization of gay marriage, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that “When the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868, every State limited marriage to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality of doing so. That resolves these cases. . . . We have no basis for striking down a practice that is not expressly prohibited by the Fourteenth Amendment’s text, and that bears the endorsement of a long tradition of open, widespread, and unchallenged use dating back to the Amendment’s ratification.”
In his blistering review of the decision, Justice Scalia offered an informative historical defense to marriage that contradicted the reasoning used by the Court in its final decision, concluding that “The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003.”
The Left base their claim of protection under the Equal Protection Clause by arguing that they are being discriminated against. In an articulate and effective defense of marriage, Ryan Anderson with the Heritage Foundation observed that the claim of discrimination being circulated by the left is logically flawed when he said, “ . . . everyone is equally eligible for entering into the marital relationship, where you understand marriage as a union of sexually complementary spouses, a permanent exclusive union of man and woman, husband and wife, mother and father. If you are not interested in entering into that sort of a union, you are not being discriminated against.”
What does that mean for Texas home school families?
In the near future, we expect many legal actions based on those who wish to impose their support of gay marriage on schools, colleges, churches, and other groups.
As our society continues attacking parental rights, we can expect to see the recent trend, a 62 percent increase in home schooling, remain steady as parents choose home schooling not only to give their children a first-rate education but also to instill in them the world view and philosophy that the Bible sets forth that is taking constant fire and increasing attacks.
One timely example of this is the state of California’s recent passing of a mandatory vaccination bill that will force nearly all children in the state to be vaccinated unless the children are home schooled. This bill, now on the governor’s desk, no longer allows parents for religious or personal beliefs to opt their child out of the vaccinations. During a contentious hearing this spring, numerous parents said they would home school their children rather than submit to the law.
Although it is easy to be discouraged as Bible-believing Christians in the face of all of this, we should remember the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to Timothy: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”(2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV)
While the future likely holds legal challenges for Christians who have sincerely held Biblical positions on marriage and homosexuality, there is no place I would rather live in the current environment than in Texas. After last week’s Supreme Court decision, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement that laid out what we expect to see in Texas:
We start by recognizing the primacy and importance of our first freedom–religious liberty. The truth is that the debate over the issue of marriage has increasingly devolved into personal and economic aggression against people of faith who have sought to live their lives consistent with their sincerely-held religious beliefs about marriage. In numerous incidents trumpeted and celebrated by a sympathetic media, progressives advocating the anti-traditional marriage agenda have used this issue to publicly mock, deride, and intimidate devout individuals for daring to believe differently than they do. This ruling will likely only embolden those who seek to punish people who take personal, moral stands based upon their conscience and the teachings of their religion.
It is not acceptable that people of faith be exposed to such abuse. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects our religious liberty and shields people of faith from such persecution, but those aspects of its protections have been denigrated by radicals, echoed by the media and an increasingly-activist judiciary. Consistent with existing federal and state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that should already protect religious liberty and prevent discrimination based on religion, we must work to ensure that the guarantees of the First Amendment, protecting freedom of religion, and its corollary freedom of conscience, are secure for all Americans.
What is happening to protect Texas families?
As Texas leaders prepare to fight for the religious liberty of Texans, so THSC commits to defending Texas home schoolers and home school groups who face an assault on our religious freedom to live out our faith in the course of teaching our children at home. Here are a few ways that THSC continues the fight for Texas families:
- Advocacy – THSC acts as a liaison with state and federal agencies on issues related to family freedoms and home schooling for THSC members.
- Free Legal Consultation – THSC members receive an emergency CPS all-hours 800 number for help with home schooling issues needing legal assistance.
- Public Policy and Elections – THSC constantly watches for public policy issues and elections impacting the freedom of Texas families.
- Regional Group Support – THSC offers home school and leadership support to regional home school support groups across the state.