ESPN, Wedding Cakes, and Religious Beliefs

In the wake of marriage expansion, people of faith can be maligned for holding to basic ideas of marriage.

Governors for both Delaware (see more) and Rhode Island (see more) have signed into law resolutions to expand marriage for same sex partners.  Meanwhile, private individuals of faith are being coerced into support for marriage expansion, or denigrated for their support of marriage.

At the end of April, ESPN Reporter Chris Broussard came under attack for supporting marriage in an Outside the Lines piece.  See commentary and a link to that segment here.

In Oregon a bakery owner who refused to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding is being investigated by the State for violations of Oregon's non-discrimination act. You can see the case here. This case is just in the beginning stages.

Meanwhile, a Seattle florist is also being sued for refusing to provide wedding flowers for a same sex wedding. You can see more about that story at here.

Regent alumna Anna Adams, now an attorney in Oregon, has written about these issues in her recent article published by the Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy, which can be accessed here.

Family restoration requires people of faith to be able to freely hold to their beliefs on marriage, enjoy First Amendment rights to speak about those beliefs in an appropriate time, place, and manner, and to continue to practice their faith by holding to their beliefs on marriage, as the United States Constitution guarantees. 

Sports stories and wedding arrangement vendors should not be maligned for their views on marriage.

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