I am not Catholic, but I agree with the Church’s stance on marriage and life issues. Surprisingly, I feel like some of my Catholic relatives view my beliefs as bigoted.
Our state is in the process of passing a freedom of religious law similar to the law that the Supreme Court used to rule that Hobby Lobby did not have to submit to the HHS mandate. It’s modeled after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. There is a lot of misinformation floating around that medical personnel would be able to deny care to people who are gay, which is so far fetched. The law says that the religious belief must be sincerely held, and also that the government can burden the exercise of that belief if it has a compelling state interest that cannot easily be achieved in any other way.
Anyways, I tried to debunk it, but my relative would hear nothing of it. I guess she thinks religious people have to let homosexuals marry and adopt, or else we are violating their rights. I am just dumbfounded as she is Catholic, but I’m the bad guy for defending religious freedom. She thinks we’re (those who want religious freedom) are ruining society for her children because we don’t want “equal rights,” i.e. marriage and adoption rights.
I am really frustrated, more so because I am discouraged with how my own Catholic relatives act like I am an awful person for believing as their very Church does! I get more respect from my atheist friends than my own family. I know it is a sign of the times and Christ predicted it, but I feel so discouraged.