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Truth Overruled:
The Future of Marriage and Religios Freedom 

Ryan T. Anderson

Truth Overruled first establishes that the Supreme Court made a grave mistake in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which forces all states to grant same-sex marriage licenses. Anderson proves this by recapping the opinions of the dissenting Justices.

He says the court ruling changes the focus of marriage from "the responsible procreation and care of children" to "serving the desires of adults."

What happens now? Anderson suggests that we not give in to despair.

There have already been egregious assaults on religious freedom when some states approved same-sex unions. Bakers, photographers, wedding venue providers, and others have been fined, driven out of business, and punished because they are unwilling to participate in ceremonies that betray their religious convictions. Accommodations must be made so that these businesses can operate freely.

States must reverse decisions that have driven adoption charities out of business for being unwilling to place children with same-sex couples when families that provide a mother and a father are available. Research clearly shows children do much better when they have opposite-sex parents.

Steps have been taken in a few states that could guide others to protect citizens. North Carolina's legislature passed religious protection for civil servants, allowing magistrates who object to refrain from performing ceremonies and relieving clerks from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. No one will be denied anything, but those who object for religious reasons won't be forced to participate.

In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Pastor Protection Act, which allows pastors to opt out from conducting a wedding that "violates their beliefs about marriage."

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed three bills "protecting the freedom of adoption agencies to act in accordance with their beliefs." Citizens and lawmakers wanted to guard against adoption agencies being shuttered, as happened in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws must be fought against in every instance. Anderson says "establishing special privileges based on gender identity is an especially bad idea." He says, "SOGI laws would prevent schools and employers from protecting children from these adult debates about sex and gender identity by forcing employers to accommodate the desires of transgender employees in ways that put them in the spotlight."

"Better cultural products," television shows, movies, and music would help turn society around. Anderson stresses that Christians must participate in making changes occur. He says,"Religious voices are crucial."

(Regnery Publishing, 2015, 258 pp., $16.99)