California Supreme Court Overrules Gay Marriage Ban

In California, the State Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage. In a five-to-four ruling, the court said state restrictions on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. Beth Teper of Collage, a group for the children of gay couples, welcomed the ruling.

Beth Teper: "Children with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) parents deserve our families to be respected, validated and protected legally and culturally. The Supreme Court ought to be applauded for their decision

The decision came out of a challenge to hundreds of gay marriages performed in San Francisco in 2004. The California Supreme Court had intervened to stop the weddings and later invalidated the documents. On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said the court's new decision could have national implications.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: "And by the way, as California goes, so goes the rest of the nation. It's inevitable. This door is wide open now. It's going to happen, whether you like it or not. This is the future, and it's now."

California joins Massachusetts as the only states extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians.

"As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation." Well, California has gone the way of San Francisco. If the U.S. goes that way too, it goes the way of Sodom.

sodomy ... Sexual intercourse that is not the union of the genital ORGANS of a man and a woman. The term is most frequently applied to anal intercourse between two men or to sexual relations between people and animals. (See PEDERAST.) According to the BIBLE, God destroyed the towns of SODOM AND GOMORRAH for unacceptable sexual practices, apparently anal intercourse between men. Sodomy takes its name from the town of Sodom.

Source: The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

The RLCC (Real Liberal Christian Church) is opposed to coercion. Christians can't use violence or the threat of violence in an attempt to force people to make proper (non-harmful) behavioral decisions. Homosexuality is harmful. That's proven without doubt. "Homosexuals: What they ignore."

As real Christians, we do not have to respect, validate, or protect those who make bad decisions. We only have to speak the truth about the harm and then let it be. It's out of our hands, but we've done our duty in sounding the alarm.

We don't respect the choice of homosexuals beyond our being non-coercive. We certainly don't validate it. It is not sanctioned by God, because it is not righteous. It is ultimately always harmful. No good comes out of it. It is unsound, immoral, and against the real law that is the law of God.

It is a choice that anyone can reject. It is not something over which human beings have no control or choice. People can always choose not to harm others.

Greed, violence, and sexual depravity (harmful) are unworthy.

To the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, I say, turn to the words of Jesus Christ, who said be as harmless as doves, or fall. That's the prophecy, and it's more powerful than yours.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.


  1. John Farnham says:

    As usual, you have done homework to reach your opinions. I grew up in a Church that believed as you do.

    Decriminalizing the behavior gave an opportunity for the scorned and rejected to appeal for equal rights under the law. The 'perversion' came when the Sacrament of Marriage, a religious observance, became a social nicety without significance except as a Parnership Agreement. Allowing civil partnership of any nature to be discriminated against in law and custom violates impartiality. Shorter version : Bigotry and Discrimination.

    Marriage was thus 'disrespected' when it became a tool to oppress parents ; and a casual version of what had been a lifetime commitment.

    Sorry,Tom. Even if the lawyers could master the doublethink necessary to violate supposedly equal rights under the law on the basis of some 'difference', we both know the direction that winding road takes us.

    That is what has happened here. Civil Union would have done just fine for homosexuals except it provided a wedge for harassment.That failure is surely not on their shoulders.

  2. Tom Usher Tom Usher says:

    Hello opit,

    John, as you know from reading many of my posts, I'm not for the current system. I'm against coercion, and the current system is based upon coercion. I understand where that came from. I understand the motivation. It's not the solution though. It never has been.

    Only everyone freely choosing righteousness is the solution, and homosexuality isn't righteous. It's harmful and a behavioral choice.

    What they are doing is trying to get people to believe that homosexuality isn't harmful. That's a lie, as you read in, "Homosexuals: What they ignore."

    Look, many things are mundanely legal that are harmful. Cigarette smoking is harmful, but it's mundanely legal, albeit under more and more restrictions to protect others from second-hand smoke. Well, the homosexuals don't want any restrictions, so they're trying to pull a fast one by getting everyone to falsely believe that there is no harm in homosexual behavior.

    I don't smoke. I don't like second-hand smoke. Society has passed coercive measures against second-hand smoke.

    Rather than coercive measures being taken against others, the right way though is for every smoker to quit. Barring that, the next best thing is for them to do their best not to subject others to their smoke.

    The best way to achieve a non-coercive outcome with smokers is via education, assistance, and understanding just how addictive nicotine is.

    Educating the selfish purveyors of nicotine of course is essential. They need an ever-increasing guilty conscience until they stop.

    The last thing we need though are laws restricting people from speaking the truth about the dangers of nicotine and all the other dangerous and harmful compounds in tobacco smoke and juice, etc. The same hold for homosexuality.

    There are many attempts being made to outlaw saying homosexuality is harmful and disease causing and spreading and is itself a pathogenic state or condition. Such truth might harm someone's self-esteem is the rationale. What it means is that the truth might seer some consciences.

    If someone hears the truth about his or her harmful behavior and goes on doing it anyway, he or she will suffer. As a Christian though, I am obligated to sound the warning but not judge, condemn, or punish. I can't resort to violence or threats of violence; otherwise, I'm defeating the whole movement toward the right emotional state that will result in the Earth and Heaven of which Jesus spoke.

    Of course I'm discriminating in my own soul, but the question is am I being unjust? I know that continuing harmful behavior under the guise of it not being harmful is the injustice. It is unjust to teach children that no harm will come to them if they choose to be homosexuals.

    I say this, and the homosexuals want me silenced by force of arms under the law of hate-speech. Well, I say the speech that homosexuality is harmless and that there is nothing wrong with it is hate-speech. I say they hate that which is good and right. They hate what tells them to live up to a higher standard of harmlessness. They hate what will help protect children from making a bad choice.

    Understand that this issue is ripping the Episcopal Church in half too. The homosexuals are perverting whole bodies with lies.

    Jesus is the truth. He isn't for building anything based upon falsehoods. Homosexuality as harmless is falsehood. Nothing should be built upon that falsehood. Anything that attempts it will come crashing down doing plenty of harm on its way.

    It's a choice people must make.

    The Church has no openly unrepentant homosexuals. Any body that accepts openly unrepentant homosexuals as being equally worthy is not the Church. It is something else. It isn't Christian.

    The mundane secular state that has continued to reject the real message of Jesus will come crashing down.

    I say that we are to speak the truth about harm and then let it be. That's what I've done. I've pointed out the facts about the harm of homosexual behavior while at the same time promoted not using force to prevent it but rather just letting the homosexuals sort themselves out by whether or not they accept or reject the truth about the harmfulness of homosexuality.

    The only place recorded that Jesus used coercion was in cleansing the temple. That's hugely significant. If we follow along in the development of the concept of the temple (from the word coming to Moses right on through to Jesus being the temple and what he said the temple would end up being — encompassing), we then see the temple changing in the minds of people. It starts out designed for people with low comprehension (the Mosaic law was the maximum their hard hearts could handle and then some) and ends up for people with comprehension extending far beyond the so-called intellectuals of today.

    Jesus cleans the temple of selfishness in all its forms. He said the temple (place of worship) would no longer be confined to that temple building (that was leveled) or even Jerusalem. It would be wherever believers are in body but also in mind and spirit right along with the spirit of God as one.

    What I'm saying is that the coercive democracy is working toward enforcing homosexuality, actually threatening with violence and punishment those who reject homosexuality as being on an equal footing with heterosexuality based upon homosexuality not being harmful.

    It's all garbage, just as the reasons Bush gave for invading Baghdad and just as the reasons the false-Zionists gave in rationalizing their violent takeover of Palestine were all garbage.

    Those false-Zionists too want what I say about the truth of their lies to be outlawed as hate-speech. Bush and his hardline neocons also want what I say about the truth of the cover-up of 9/11 and the rest of their lies to be outlawed and punished under sedition laws.

    I believe that some things ought not to be spoken as they cause temptation. I also believe that once evil is loose in the land, only truth can put it back in Pandora's Box. Only truth can protect the innocent children from the predators and evil twisters.

    Let them crucify me for it. I'll be in the best of company. If there's anything worth dying for, it's truth because then I'll live. I believe that with all my heart. It isn't worth living and dying for lies because then I'll really be dead.

    God bless everyone with the truth.

    Tom Usher

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