Nevada Court Rules That No Rights Are Violated By Its Traditional Marriage Laws

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   1/14/2013

Gay "marriage" activists often shout-out "Equal Rights!" to further their agenda. Few have intelligently responded, but a Nevada court did.

"Equal rights" was an argument recently raised in the Nevada courts where eight homosexual couples attempted to overturn Nevada's law protecting marriage as it was designed- the union of one man and one woman. These homosexual couples claimed the government had "branded" them as "inferior," as reported by To these eight couples, being unable to marry across genders stomped upon their rights.

In response, the judge returned these (and more) points:

  • One-man-and-one-woman marriage should not be "devalued" as it plays an important role in childrearing.
  • The court is not invading any privacy by their ruling, since gay couples are seeking public recognition.
  • Nevada's current law supporting marriage as it was designed does not violate any rights.

The judge, Robert C. Jones, stated that the state's stand is not evidence of any animosity of gay people because the traditional view of marriage has been the norm for centuries. Laws are not being changed to discriminate against them.

This judge also insisted that the Nevada law does not violate any rights because homosexual persons are not denied marriage as recognized by the state. They simply must comply with the state's boundaries: one man with one woman.

The phrase "equal rights" can be tied to the Declaration of Independence, a document which represented our country's statement of independence from Britain. The second sentence of the document says this: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Wikipedia aids in understanding unalienable, natural rights by differentiating it with "legal rights." Legal rights are contingent upon a government or culture, like the right to vote. Natural rights are not contingent upon a government or culture. They are universal and "unalienable." As the Declaration of Independence stated, they are endowed by our Creator.

Some define unalienable rights as those which cannot be taken away by another person. So, an unalienable right would include the right of women to bear children and the right of persons to not be limited in achievements by skin color. These rights might be wrongfully hindered to an extent, but the ability of a person to do what God has created them to do cannot be taken away by another person.

Unalienable Rights

According to the Declaration of Independence, these unalienable rights are tied to how our Creator made us. He made a woman to be in marriage with a man- biologically this is obvious. Therefore, those who press for redefinition of marriage are infringing upon the rights spoken of in this great document.

However, some argue that a person with homosexual inclinations was created that way. If they were created that way, than shouldn't gay marriage be included as an unalienable, natural right?

This is why we must be very careful to understand the existence of homosexual drives. Our gender and ethnicity are precious gifts from God, but sinful drives within us are not. Pursuing homosexual feelings is categorized in the Bible as sin, just as is the desire to take a glance at pornography or to hear a morsal of gossip. God did not create us to feed those sinful desires. On the contrary- He created us with a need for Him to bring those desires into submission.

Each of us struggles with sin. Even the apostle Paul spoke of a "thorn in the flesh" which had become a constant struggle for him. Each struggle with sin is really a perversion of something good. Marriage is an inspiring picture of God's relationship with the Church, but it becomes perverted when its inhabitants exhibit neglect, abuse, separation or pursue to redefine marriage as if God did not exist.

Ravi Zacharias addressed this when answering a young man's question on this youtube video. He referred to a critique from a reporter that Christians do well to defend races and speak up against racism, but do not speak up for homosexuals.

Ravi answered the question by explaining that our races are Biblically defended as something sacred, something God created which cannot be taken away. Gender and sexuality, also, are created by God and cannot be taken away. Therefore, how could we continue to defend race as sacred, something given by God, and desacrilize gender and sexuality?

"Sex is a sacred gift of God. I can no longer justify an aberration of it in somebody else's life than I can justify my proclivities to go beyond my marital boundaries," he said. And of homosexual desires, he asserted: "A disposition or a proclivity does not justify expressing that disposition and that proclivity."

By insisting that unnatural traits are unalienable, one is suggesting that this unnatural trait (like preference to marry within the same gender) is given by God.

But what if one who does not hold him/herself accountable to God? Do they then claim self-endowment of unalienable rights?

Such an argument is not only arrogant, it's quite lonely.

As Ravi said, "It was His plan, not our plan." Regardless of whether we submit to God or not- it's still His plan that will prevail.

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