For the last 5500+ years, wedding ceremonies have been sacred—set apart as holy, and reserved only for those who man and one woman. Since the beginning of time, it has been the absolute standard as a foundation of families, of our society, and of civilization as we know it. All civilizations that have violated that standard have eventually fallen, with nothing left to show for it but rubble. As the rest of the world looked on in horror, all they had left were the hard lessons to be learned for their neighbor's devastating mistakes.

There is absolute truth. Aspiring to absolute truth gives us a reason for living. Within a given culture, truth cannot be truth for one person and not for another. It is a standard. If we cannot agree on a set of absolutes, we cannot live peacefully as a society.

At one time, we all lived in agreement on our set of absolutes. And we all agreed on the source of those absolutes. We used those absolutes for the basis of our laws. But somewhere along the way, some among us refused the hard lessons learned from the rubble of other civilizations. Just as it says in Ecclesiastes 1:9, there is nothing new under the sun—these mistakes are not new ones.

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Being manipulated or coerced to become an active participant in violating one of those absolute truths violates the very foundation of life. No one has the right to take away another's beliefs any more than they have the right to take their away their lives. We are born with a right of belief, or, as the founding fathers put it, it is inherent or self-evident. This is why the 1st amendment is so important. And is worth dying for. To quote a line from Braveheart, "If you don't have something worth dying for, you're not really living."

The Indiana business owners refused to be a participant in a ceremony celebrating something that, to them, is considered repugnant. It went against their conscience. In our society, and under our Constitution, they have an unalienable right to do that, or not do that. But that decision is theirs and no one else's. Certainly not the government's.

If a homosexual couple wants to get married, that's their decision to make. But they cross the line into violating another's right of conscience when they coerce them, by fear and intimidation, to participate unwillingly. If we must live in fear of punishment for our thoughts and beliefs, the very foundation of our freedom is null and void.

In Genesis 19, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were so given over to their vile, unnatural lust, it caused them to want to break down the door of their neighbor, Lot, demanding that he and his family and guests participate in the very thing that was repugnant to them all. And you know what happened to them.

This is the exact reason we are having this discussion today. Those of a different belief are not only demanding we accept and approve, they are demanding we participate!

The absolutes of our foundations are crumbling. Can we learn from the mistakes of others who came before us? Or when the legal dust settles, will the history of our society be found scattered among the rubble of past civilizations?

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