It is an interesting question, because in Maryland the governor is promoting the legalization of gay marriage. Supposedly, this time around it will better protect the rights of the churches who do not agree with it. But beware of the slippery slope. Once the first falls (the legalization), eventually the other (protection of churches) will fall also. That's the way history works. Of course, there will be a re-education process in which the appropriateness of homosexuality and gay marriage will be taught in school and media Then these ideas will be taught in churches. Why? Not because it is in the Bible, but because it has become ingrained in the culture, and the culture has permeated the church. Of course, we already see this, don't we? Where is this line between church and state?
Church and state has always been an issue right from the founding of our nation. Many of our countries' famous forefathers were not followers of Jesus Christ, but they recognized the need and the importance of religion. John Adams, the second president of the United States, wrote ...Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
So, what happens if people abandon "morality and religion"? In a democracy, the people will vote for representatives who also have no morality and religion. How then does the nation not deteriorate into anarchy?
To prevent anarchy and to control the people the government needs to establish laws and rules and regulations that will replace morality and religion. So, in essence the government becomes the religion, if not god - the determiner of right and wrong. They will even usurp any moral authority the church still has. Is that not part of the issue now?
By the way, for the government to become a god, the government will need to seek to control all people in all situations. (Just as God is all-present, so they too will seek to be all-present.) Thus, the government becomes larger to larger to accomplish this task. But even the government will not be able to handle such a situation. After all, how can a government control and transform a person's rebellious spirit and heart? By the way, when a government seeks to become a god in which it determines the morality and religion of its people, isn't that called communism, or is it totalitarianism- depending on its form?
Fortunately, as a follower of Jesus I have a king and his kingdom is not of this world. Where there is disorder here, there is no disorder in his kingdom. Where there is little respect for leaders here, in his kingdom the king is treated with awe. Where our nation and other nations are temporary, his kingdom is everlasting. As a follower of Jesus, I may currently live here in this world, but I do not need to be of this world. And yes, there may be conflicts between the kingdoms of this world and the kingdom of God. But our loyalty is to only one kingdom- God's. So at times a follower of Jesus might have to take a stand like Cardinal-designate O'Brien, "We cannot - we will not - comply with this unjust law." Or in the words of the apostle Peter, "We must obey God and not men."
Peace be with you!
P.S. John Adams also wrote this: "Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide."