On Marriage Equality Case, the Rights of LGBT Americans Trump Religious Dogma

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This is likely the most significant case considering marriage equality to come before the highest court in America in our generation.

“American Atheists stands for the rights and equality of all people,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists. “Religious dogma is never a valid basis for law, but it is especially egregious when it used to deny the rights of millions of people.”

For more than 50 years, American Atheists has opposed religious intrusions into law and special privileges for religious belief in all matters of public policy. This case is no different.

Silverman continued, “This case ought to be very straightforward: Denying the right of same-sex couples to marry serves no purpose other than to force a particular religious doctrine onto LGBT Americans. It is unconstitutional and it is discriminatory, plain and simple.”

American Atheists calls upon the Supreme Court to rule in favor of the rights of all Americans. In the words of Judge John E. Jones III in his ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban, “We are better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that defends civil rights for atheists, freethinkers, and other nonbelievers; works for the total separation of religion and government; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy. American Atheists was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

  • Jason Slagle

    I strongly stand for this. As much as I stand for separation of church and state. I’m honestly worried about some of these (soon to be running) politicians that are a bit religious crazy. I feel we as Atheist need to stand up and push hard towards this, as well as schools teaching real science!

    • Kagrenac

      It’s frightening to see politicians STILL trying to push creationist bills into public schools.

      • Selective instance

        It’s more frightening to see atheists equate religious belief with creationism. Several Pew polls show that mainline Protestants support the theory of evolution at a higher rate than non-believers.

        And the Catholic church also teaches that things such as the Big Bang and evolution are also scientific truths.

        Maybe you should stop looking at the small number of fanatics when drawing conclusions about religious belief.

        • Cthulhu21

          I think they we’re just pointing out that there are politicians who are still pushing bills of that nature and not necessarily equating creationism with belief.

  • Sold out

    Since when did Atheism become nothing more than a front for gay activism?

    There are many, many countries and societies in the world that do not support the idea of “gay marriage”, and quite a few of these are either non-religious or officially atheist.

    It’s intellectually dishonest to oppose religion in general because one supports so-called “gay rights”. There are organized religions in the US (e.g. Episcopalians) who have openly gay clergy and there are billions of non-religious people around the world who oppose gay marriage.

    Sad to see the “rational” atheists get suckered into being pawns of the LGBT agenda.

    • Since when are trolls allowed?

      • Who’s the greater troll?

        Is it possible to disagree with someone or state an opinion you do not agree with and not fall under your definition of “troll”?

        Simply calling anyone you disagree with a “troll” is disingenuous and anti-intellectual. Or would you prefer to live in a world where you are never exposed to ideas you don’t like?

      • Who’s the greater troll?

        Just curious : when you, Laura Ross, call another person (and I quote) a “dumb piece of dog poo”, does this not fall under the definition of “trolling”?

        Amazing how people who live in glass houses are the first to throw stones.

    • Cthulhu21

      What’s wrong with advocating for other groups? I don’t really see what the issue is here.

      Whom are they exactly?

      Even so, I don’t see why that justifies denying a group certain rights. Why should we promote ideas simply because they’re popular?

      I somehow think their agenda is not a sinister one. Why do you think that it is?

    • phreedm

      The hypocrisy of this news release is overwhelming. AA cares as much for the LGBT community as they do for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
      Ever since Madalyn O’Hair, AA’s rallying cry has been “do not force your opinions upon us”. Today AA is using, yes USING the LGBT community for their own gains. AA now wants the state to move into the churches and force their opinions upon others. So much for freedom of conscious which is really what the first amendment is all about.
      The sad reality is AA is also being used…they’re just blinded by their hate and don’t see it.
      “American Atheists stands for the rights and equality of all people,”….except for those who think differently then AA.

  • Ken

    If atheists are so worried about the intermingling of government and religion what say you to this. Will you be consistent and call your dogs of war (e.g. ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State) to stand against this. Or will you show at last you cannot escape your true bias and supposition. http://freebeacon.com/issues/epa-spends-84000-to-study-churches-that-preach-climate-change/

  • Pho

    Isn’t marriage a religious ceremony and to force churches to marry anybody against their belief by law (gay or not )isn’t that a joining of church and state? It’s one thing to set standards for civil union by law but to force it upon a religion its Counterproductive to the goals of AA unless it’s goals is not the separation of church and state.

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