About the author: Matt Barber

Matt Barber served as Policy Director for Cultural Issues with Concerned Women for America before joining Liberty University School of Law in 2008. In addition to his Juris Doctorate degree, Dean Barber holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University.

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  • thinkingcritically

    FYI this law was passed in 2012. FYI, it only applies to the state run churches. Stop the sensationalism and hatred just to get people riled up. Churches are not going to forced to perform gay weddings in the USA. Other than the state church of Denmark, no churches in Denmark are forced to perform gay marriages. So pretty pointless propaganda article here…

    • LABobfromNYC

      Simple things like facts & truth mean little to the low information homophobes on the right.

      • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

        And yet we are winning…..

        • gypsy314

          Dream on you think you are but you still have to face God . What are you going to do When the liars and cheats are gone and in jail for the crimes against American people. States will decide and Americans who do not want this sickness and sins around them and there familys will fight to the end to rid America have this sickness.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            I’m born again and covered by the blood of Christ, so I look forward to meeting my redeemer. As to the liars and cheats in jail, are you including all gay people? What evidence do you have to support your bigoted fairy land you just described?

          • jong

            Homosexuals do not admit what they have done is sin. Therefore they deny GOD. Ipso Facto they are going to hades. Defiance of GOD never ends well for those who do it. Then again IF you were Christian you would already know this.

          • LABobfromNYC

            I hate to break the news to you but federal law trumps state laws. By the way… The invisible & the non existent look the same to me

          • gypsy314

            Wrong States make there own laws and trump federal in the end states do not work for feds feds work for states. With out states there is no feds.

        • jong

          No you are losing. In Europe recently all incoming countries refused to have homosexual marriage. The only way you are by passing the people is having judges making law from the bench. Which in the long run never works. Look for the Supreme Court to say states have the right to make the determination. Then all the homosexuals in California and other places will not longer be “married”. Alabama has the right idea.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            And yet you have NO evidence or polls to suggest such an outcome, only your bigoted dreams…..

          • jong

            Actually its all true. Like everything it goes in cycles. And another one is about to begin. A little clue. You dont do real well in this one.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            And yet you have no evidence, only your fevered dreams. Reality is about to slap you in the face.

          • jong

            Actually you and your ilk have had your run. Reality is about to pay you a visit. You will of course not like it.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Just show me ONE poll that supports your “prediction”, chicken little. Just one. Otherwise, everyone will know that you just made it all up.

          • jong

            Easily. First California voted against it. Secondly Michigan not only voted against it unlike California our Attorney General upheld what the people voted for. The only places having it now are those that a “judge” has come forward and is making law from the bench. The people have already spoken. Silly shill you are soon going to be racing back to that rock you crawled from or we have some other choices for you.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            You don’t get to vote on my civil rights. That’s why we’re winning. Majority does not rule on civil rights. And keep in mind that the Supreme Court started this ball rolling in the first place by outlawing that part of DOMA that discriminated against the LGBT community. I’ll ask one more time. Can you find even ONE online source that is backing up your ridiculous predictions? Just one? Out of the millions of websites, can you find even ONE that you can point to? Didn’t think so…..

          • LABobfromNYC

            Just how stupid are you people? The fight for gay marriage is all but over & your side LOST!

          • jong

            The battle has not even begun. With ole jug ears gone your cover and protection will be gone. Then you will be high and dry. And open targets.

          • LABobfromNYC

            Kinda like what you said about abortion OVER 40 years ago!

      • jong

        Facts and truth from a atheist. In essence you have been sniffing your arse again and are saying it smells like roses. You have no authority for any opinion. We have GOD on our side.

  • WelderChick

    I don’t think this is pointless. Right now in Denmark it may be only the state run churches (whatever that means). Do you really think they will stop there? No. The author is absolutely right that the gay rights loonies will not stop until they either force churches in this country to perform these “marriages” or shut down the churches that won’t. These are the same people that label anyone who opposes gay “marriage” a bigot and engaged in hate speech. Why would they do that? So that eventually they can charge pastors with hate speech and either have them imprisoned or sue the church for everything it has and close them down. Look at what they’ve done to the several CEOs of companies who dared to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman: gotten them fired from their jobs. There were many bakers in Colorado. Why go to the Christian one that they KNEW wouldn’t bake the cake? To either force him to do as they commanded or run him out of business. Oh, the day is approaching, unless somehow people see the light and our leaders regain their sanity. I’m not holding my breath.

  • OGrayBear

    Until states get out of the “marriage” business there will contine be problems with the homosexual community! ALL couples wishing to form a “union” should receive a Certificate of Union from their state, and pay the tax man, so the state is happy. Those couples wishing to have their marriage Sanctified, in the eyes of God, would take their Cert. of Union to their church and be married, if they could find a church willing to perform an act which is against many teachings. Anyone who is not willing to go the extra step for Sanctification, would still have all of the legal rights of a married couple. (The state would be able to keep someone from marrying their dog)

    • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

      And yet getting married at the Justice of the Peace will still label my boyfriend and I as “married,” just like you.

      • gypsy314

        sick

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          Then take some Pepto Bismol because this reality will be here soon, whether you can stomach it or not.

  • kenhowes

    One thing I’m not quite clear on with this new Danish law. Is it that all pastors of the Danish state church must perform such marriages, or that all pastor, period, must do so? If the latter, I suspect that a friend of mine is about to have a crisis of conscience, as he is a pastor there, but not in the state church.

    • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

      Only the state church falls under this decree. And that’s why this article is such hogwash.

      • kenhowes

        That hardly makes it hogwash. The state churches are the huge majority of churches in the country. My friend is a pastor of a Lutheran church not affiliated with the state, but that group only has two or three congregations. By the way, reading your many posts, with their sarcastic, nasty tone, it sounds like you have as much of a hate problem as those you attack; the only difference is whom you hate.

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          Fighting discrimination is not hate, friend. Those who wish to prevent gays from marrying are bigots. Period. And while they can believe and spout whatever hate they want, I will fight them tooth and nail when they attempt to prevent me from marrying my boyfriend. Remember, your right to speech ENDS where my civil rights begin.

          • gypsy314

            Like I said sick and confused you need mental help and I will pray you get it sooner then later.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Like I said sick and confused you need mental help and I will pray you get it sooner then later.

          • LibGuy

            My right to speech never ends. This is the United States and the First Amendment trumps your wrongful impression of “civil rights”.

            Are you intolerant of intolerance? If so, are you intolerant of your intolerance of intolerance? Possibly even intolerant of your intolerance of intolerance of intolerance? Just curious.

            Personally, if you and your boyfriend want to say “We’re married!!!!1!”, I don’t give a damn, you have freedom of speech. If you want to sign a contract with a lawyer, I don’t give a damn, you can make agreements between each other. If you want to paint your house pink, I don’t give a damn, its your house. If you use the courts to force me to bake a cake for you, I will fight back, its my business and my choice who to serve. If you use government force to shut me up when street preaching against gay marriage, I will fight back, its my freedom of speech. If you use government force to coerce my church into marrying you, I will fight back, my church has freedom of religion.

            As a Christian, homosexuality is wrong, and just as wrong as looking at a woman (other than wife) with lust, or thinking impure thoughts.

            Primarily, in the interests of smaller government, a government license should not be necessary for a relationship. If you want to sign a marriage contract, see a lawyer.

          • LABobfromNYC

            Religious beliefs about marriage should never be enshrined in laws in ways that restrict the freedom of others who do not share those beliefs.the U.S.A. is a secular nation

          • LibGuy

            That is similar to what I said, with the additional point that anti-Christian beliefs about marriage should never be enshrined in laws in ways that restrict the freedom of others who do not share those beliefs.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Your lack of a point is only matched by your legal ignorance, friend. Reality is about to slap you in the face.

          • LibGuy

            Generally, when writing, each paragraph represents a cohesive topic. Didn’t you learn that in grade school?

            I don’t claim to be a lawyer, but I know the supreme law of the land quite well.

            Gay fantasy agendas often collide with liberty-loving Americans and their goals. We will come out on top.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            No you won’t. Here’s your first legal lesson: Civil Rights cannot be voted away. Majority rule does not count as it relates to allowing gay people to marry. That’s why the bans are being overturned. Your side has not had even ONE victory because of this fact.

            Second legal lesson: The government does get to to label our relationship a marriage and demand that states recognize it. The 14th amendment protects us that way. Try reading it.

          • LABobfromNYC

            those opposed to Gay Marriage don’t even begin to
            comprehend how offensive their bigoted homophobia is to most of us, whether Gay
            or Straight

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            You bear a heavy burden.
            If you are offended in the slightest, you must not feel or think you are on solid ground because our rejection of your homosexual behavior is not validated by me or any other.
            We do not hate you or your partner, but call you to live a better life that is not simply gratified by living for the flesh,
            Sex or intercourse is not an end but a means to an end. Marriage between a man and a woman is an expression of agage [love] that increases the personality of each partner and indeed as the old marriage service of the Church of England noted in the vows, “I worship thee with my body.”
            Perhaps that will astound you or simply make you angry.
            The choice is yours.

        • TheUnknownPundit

          Actually, the fact that the law applies to state churches in Denmark does indeed make this article “hogwash”. The article neglects to mention this salient fact. Political control of official state churches is old news in many European countries. These churches are funded in part by tax receipts. You take the state’s money, you are going to have to abide by their demands.
          For those ministers that work for the state church and don’t want to officiate gay weddings, they can quit and seek employment at a non-state church. If these ministers find the governments participation in their operations unbearable, they should petition the government for separation from the government and forgo the state tax support.

  • gypsy314

    I would rather meet my maker before that happens.

    • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

      Suicide is not the answer. Gay people are just like you. And chances are, you could use some remodeling tips in your bunker.

      • gypsy314

        I’m not confused about my gender and I know it is a sin to have sex with same sex idiots. So lets not make excuses for there poor choices.

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          Actually, the Bible does not back you up on that. Watch Matthew Vines videos on YouTube. God blesses gay people.

          • LABobfromNYC

            a 30 year old unmarried Jew (people got married at 15) running around with 12 dudes & a few “f@g hags” sounds gay to me! His first miracle of turning water into wine. Please, wine?! A straight male would have made that a beer and called it a day! History states that he was a “craftsman” until the age of 30. Some say that this translates into a carpenter. But for the sake of my theory I am saying that a “craftsman” was really an interior designer. Mark even mentions his mysterious lover as a naked man in linen!!!

          • jong

            Boy are you ignorant. First of all its a wedding. Secondly the water was not to good back then and they all drank a watered down wine. The alcohol killed the diseases found in the water.

          • WelderChick

            Wow. You sunk really low on this one Bob.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            You are a hoot! Your hypthesis is an unproven theory. The evidence you offer is a bit thin.

          • jong

            Actually scripture in both the Old and the New Testament back her up. And they also damn you and all your little butt buddies. If you do not acknowledge your sin you will be tossed in the fiery lake in the end. GOD does not bless Homosexuality.

          • WelderChick

            God loves everyone. He sent His son to die for all of us. But He does NOT love everything that we do. He does NOT love homosexual acts, adultery, promiscuity, etc. Those are sins and if we persist in them, we’ll end up choosing them over God. And walking ourselves right into hell. That’s the hell of hell: anyone in there went there voluntarily and wants to stay there cuz they love themselves and their sin more than God.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            Humble, you get your validation and theology from YouTube and Matthew Vines?
            At the Judgment you likely will not be quizzed on what you remember about YouTube or Matthew Vines. Rather you will be
            asked, “What did you do with Jesus?” Do you trust him or deny him in favor of You Tube or Matthew Vines?
            By the way, there are two words in the NT for judge. One means a trial is underway; the second meaning of the word judge is the verdict is in and the Judge renders the decision, based on the evidence offered during the trial.
            As of now, you and I are in the trial stage.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            The blood of Christ covers me and for you to question that just proves the spiritual arrogance I see in you.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            I am delight that you are covered. I will leave the final decison to the Judge. As for humility, choosing a name that invokes Humble is not the act of humility.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Still judging. Textbook Pharisee. Please read the new testament sometime. It will be very enlightening.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            I will, and have. I was a teaching pastor for almost 40 years: Bible, church history, ethics, etc. I also did a stint as a college instructor in Bible and taught Christian ethics in a university. I imagine I can keep up with you if we met and discussed these topics you raise.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Pharisees memorized scripture, but they never applied it. I bet you could recite more than me, but memorization was not God’s goal for scripture. I hope someday you realize that.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            Interesting reply. I assume desire a certain application?
            Am I in error? I think not. And I know what your want – validation for what the New Testament calls an life style that is not compatible with living the Christian life.

        • LABobfromNYC

          When we you people understand that not everyone believes in your fairytales?

          • gypsy314

            I suggest you go back to Europe were you will fit in. America is founded on God so you should not live your fairy tales on Americans values and morals.

          • Jennifer

            I am a Christian, in the spirit of “equality” we Christian’s should not be forced to comprise our convictions and beliefs to accommodate your beliefs. It goes both ways.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            Hooked on fairy tales? Try The Wonderful World of the Grimm Brothers or Hans Christian Andersen or perhaps some other tales might interest you.
            However, the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament are not fairy tales.
            You are a hoot!

      • jong

        No homosexuals are nothing like us. We have morals and ethics and a belief in GOD. You and your kind are left with nothing except the knowledge that one day you will answer to GOD if not man for your actions.

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          You are wrong, my friend. I am a born again Christian and covered by the blood of Christ. I have morals and ethics. We are equals. And until you recognize that, you will be left with the hate only caused by bigotry – something the Pharisees were very familiar with. I pity you.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            You know little of the Pharisees, Humble. It is amazing that if you are Born Again, you know so little of biblical teaching. Amazing but hardly surprising.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Judge much? Jesus taught a lot about that. And a lot of it was aimed squarely at the Pharisees. Your post basically proves my point.

  • jong

    Hang tough Mr. Phillips help is on the way in that Colorado is about to flip. And if you want to bake cakes get out of the Denver area that over the years has become GODLESS and corrupt not by Coloradians but, by imports from California. When Obama and his ilk is gone we can get down to the business of putting homosexuals were they belong. Either in Kenya and Saudi Arabia were they have a good policy towards such things or in a mental hospital. Their cover and protection is about to leave them all high and dry. And reaching the conclusion that they have been used as useful idiots.

    • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

      What land of unicorns and fairy dreams are you speaking of? Any evidence to back up your “prophesy” or just wishful thinking by a bigot?

      • jong

        Read the polls shill. And then read some history of this nations politics. Dont worry we will make sure you catch a flight out of town to either Kenya or Saudi Arabia.

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          Just went and checked the latest poll. Here’s what I found:
          ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014
          56% Support Gay Marriage
          Only 38% oppose it.
          6% are unsure.

          You were saying?

          • LABobfromNYC

            EVEN if the American people were 99% to 1% AGAINST gay marriage (they support it) it wouldn’t matter! Our constitution protects the minority against the majority! You simply cannot deny American citizens against their civil rights.

          • jong

            No it does not protect the minority to do anything they wish. More defecation from a prime source of it. Read John Stuart Mills. You might learn something but, I doubt it.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            You got it half right. The Constitution does not silence the minority or persecute the minority. Yet in today’s misunderstanding of America and what the Founders intended by responsible freedom is not
            freedom to think, voice, act, or defend one’s rights, that Bill of Rights, that is.

          • jong

            In Mills it teaches us the very narrow line of good government. It goes into the tyranny of the minority(Homosexuals, Muslims etc.) to the tyranny of the Majority(say for instance Anglo America). Right now we are seeing with ole jug ears the rights of the many taken away and “special privledge classes” in the minorities being all those that are respected by government.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            I don’t think “getting married to the one we love” is equivalent to “anything they wish.” Stop freaking out, chicken little.

          • DH

            Their civil rights are not being trampled. They have the very same “right” we all do: To marry a person of the opposite sex–you know, real marriage. Not the redefined word.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            That argument is so old and not even worth responding to.

          • jong

            ABC and Washington Post?? Why didnt you just quote Huff and Puff. Your “proofs” are as left wing as you are. In other words toilet paper that has been used has more truth. It knows what it is. You still have no idea of what a “neutral” party is.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Ok, which polling organization do you trust?

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            None. A nation lead by polls is a nation the is open to sleeping and dining in the sewer.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Nice. Majority rules is fine as long as they agree with you. But, my friend, civil rights are never decided by majority rule. And that’s why these bans are getting thrown out by the courts.

          • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

            Interesting comment. There are 3 generations of rights:
            1. Constitutional status for the First 10 Amendments;
            2. Economic, social, and cultural rights, often allied with what Engels calls “utopian socialism.” This generation may be conferred by government or, poll high by a majority, but the winds of change and also deny the government sponsored rights just as easily.
            3. This generation of rights is ever expansive and
            elastic. The demands of the so-called Third World
            fills this basket to overflowing with demands.

            If you have interest in exploring these generations, please get a copy of John W. Montgomery’s “Human Rights and Human Dignity.” I guarantee you that John will challenge and offend you but he will not leave you indifferent and highly informed. The power of a great book conveys those gifts indiscriminately.

          • WelderChick

            Who cares how many people support gay marriage? As a Catholic, I’m thankful I belong to a Church that won’t bend to this nonsense even if it means the state taking all our property. This country murders 5 million babies a year by abortion and now is clamoring for gay “marriage”: something that’s utterly sterile and does not perpetuate society. Death and sterility. Beware, God might just give you what you ask for. Then, just as the Greeks and the Romans fell, so will America. Guess who will rise from the ashes? The Catholic Church and all faithful Christians cuz that’s who rose from the ashes of every nation, culture and society that degenerated into the same evil as we see happening here.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            The Greeks and Romans did not fall because of homosexuality. Check your history….. When gays can marry in all 50 states, your world will not end. It will just be better color coordinated. Smile. It’s a good thing.

  • LABobfromNYC

    Christians are going to have to realize that you cannot use religion as a shield to hide bigotry.

    • jong

      GODS law is hardly bigotry. Then again you have little room to speak since the only morals and ethics you have are those you give yourself. By default you are full of ca-ca

      • LABobfromNYC

        You god is a bigoted homophobe that condoned slavery! You can believe in ANY fairytale you like but you don’t have the right to force your bizarre beliefs upon the rest of us.

        • jong

          Nope. He told how people were to treat slaves he never condoned it. And by your own rules I can shoot you and your kind and call it good with no reason at all. I can rationalize it by simply saying I find it good.. You have no grounds to complain.

        • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

          I knew you would surface soon and reveal the real self you are. You are running away from the best and accept the worst in life.
          Read Thompson’s “The Hound of Heaven” and see if the thoughts do not challenge you.

    • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

      Bigot? You just indicted yourself with your
      absurd and baseless charge of bigotry. However, is there something in your life that causes you to project on to Christians your thoughts and emotions?

  • jdbixii

    Nonsense! Separation of Church and State works both ways. State stays out of church’s business, and church, not needing the mandates of State, stays out of State’s business. For “civil unions,” the best State can do is to require Justices of the Peace to perform them.

    • WelderChick

      Unfortunately totalitarian regimes won’t care about the Constitution. Those regimes can sometimes sneak up on people. Do you really think that when the Germans supported Hitler’s election that they thought they were giving power to someone who would murder 11 million people? Hitler got into power and then started changing things but slow enough not to raise red flags for most Germans until it was too late.

  • Adrian

    Why be a pastor if you don’t want to marry people?

    • http://www.Longdrycreek.com Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

      I am a pastor, retired, and I assure you
      pre-marital counseling and weddings are
      a small part of the pastor’s work.
      Yes, I can say no if I recognize there are problems in a marriage, problems revealed in the pre-marital counseling sessions.

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