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NY Same-Sex Marriage Law: “It Does Not Protect Our Children”

by Candi Cushman

Warning: Graphic content included below.

When it came down to the wire in the battle over legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, the final sticking point was religious freedom protections.

In the end, four swing-vote Republicans supported it, citing assurances that sufficient protections for people of faith had been added.

But in the aftermath, it’s now abundantly clear that the promised protections were mainly a ploy to win votes,  and they don’t really add up to real-life safeguards for everyday individuals—like the small-town marriage-license clerk and the limo driver—who are already agonizing over how they will follow their religious convictions.

One of “the most glaring omissions”—as Alliance Defense Fund attorney Austin Nimocks put it—is protection for parents, students and educators in public schools.

“It does not protect our children,” said Nimocks in an interview with the Baptist Press.

What does this mean exactly? What will the impact be in New York schools?

To understand the ramifications, we need look no further than Massachusetts—(keeping in mind the ripple effect could be far-reaching, as activists try to spin off the New York momentum to push for civil unions and gay marriage in other states like Colorado and New Jersey.)

First, a little history: Massachusetts was the first state to legalize full-fledged same-sex marriage. Not long after it was legalized, National Public Radio (NPR) featured an interview with an eighth-grade teacher, Ms. Allen, who was exuberant about her new-found freedom to talk about homosexuality in the classroom.

“In my mind, I know that, ‘OK, this is legal now.’ If somebody wants to challenge me, I’ll say, ‘Give me a break. It’s legal now,’ ” she told NPR.

The NPR reporter went on to explain that the teacher now discusses “gay sex” with students “thoroughly and explicitly with a chart.”

Ms. Allen herself offered more details about exactly how she explains this chart to kids: “All right. So can a woman and a woman kiss and hug? Yes. Can a woman and a woman have vaginal intercourse?, and they will say no. And I’ll say, ‘Hold it. Of course, they can. They can use a sex toy. They could use’—and we talk—and we discuss that. So the answer there is yes.”  (You can listen to the interview here. )

It’s also disturbing to hear what’s happened at the elementary level. Consider the parents in Lexington, Massachusetts, who were upset to discover that their kindergarten and first-grade age kids had been exposed to books promoting homosexuality and same-sex marriage without their permission.

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  • brian newell

    This is appalling. I’m sad for my brothers and
    sisters with small children in school. … Society
    wants me to just steep in the hot water like a tea
    bag. I want my America back.

  • Jeremy

    Thank you for linking to the NPR piece. It was helpful to learn what was actually said. The way you explained the story made it sound horrible.

    This is for a sex ed class for young adults. In the school there are going to be gay kids that need to know about safe practices. To have only straight kids taught about sex is unfair.

  • david

    Tell NYers to file the Lawsuit…

  • Barbara B. Good

    The words from this famous hymn have been comforting to me even though my heart is breaking…especially for our children.

    “This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seem oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: The battle is not done; Jesus who died shall be satisfied, And earth and heav’n be one.”

  • moude kromah

    I think that gay marriage should be stopped. A marriage should be between a man and woman. If gay marriage goes on, America will have to answer to God. Our children’s future is in jeopardy. The Bible said if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. I would love America to turn around and see the face of God.

    • Kevin Cannon

      I don’t support gay marriage either, however, let us not forget that God will judge the living and the dead – not based on their sexuality – but their sins; to which ALL are condemned unless they repent and accept Jesus as their savior. Those of us who are heterosexual must fear God’s judgment as much as anyone else – we are not righteous based on our own efforts but only based on our relationship to His son.

  • http://www.morethanpepper.com tom

    love listening to your radio program up here in canada as so many similiar issues are occuring here as well

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