There is a tendency to assume that family and sexual choices are in a different category than, or not as important as, other freedoms – especially when religion is the opponent.
We take it for granted that the Catholic Church and other religious institutions are against equal marriage, and that they somehow have a “right” to be against it, because of the tenets of their religion. Oh, we moan on Facebook and shake our heads in disgust and sign petitions, but what levels of outrage wuld we reach if any of this happened:
People who like eating pork or shellfish are denied freedom to eat pork or shellfish because Leviticus (which forbids homosexuality) forbids it
A new law bans tattoos because Leviticus forbids it
We are not allowed to wear mixed-fibre clothing because it is forbidden by Leviticus
And, looking beyond Leviticus at the rest of the Old Testament, how would we react to this:
Religious people saying that murdering male children and raping female children should be legal
…Or that genocide or slavery should be legal.
Once again, sex and family choice has been compartmentalized by religion and certain NGOs while other Biblical commandments are being ignored by these same interest groups. And, as a society, a lot of us fail to realise exactly how much sex and the family are being targeted in comparison to other values. We’ve largely allowed ourselves to become hoodwinked into believing that opposing sexual/family choice in the name of religion is somehow normal.
As well as debating why people of the same sex should not be denied the rights given to heterosexuals, it might be useful to tackle the opposition about why they have placed homosexuality above all the other values of Leviticus in the first place. This will make them have to justify why homosexuality trumps all other Biblical/Levitican commandments. This will shift the debate onto the issue of why they even need to debate/oppose equal marriage, instead of the current focus on the points of their argument.