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Re: “Final arguments in gay marriage case

Some people act as if this argument about protecting church's rights to deny performing the marriage of couples it doesn't see fit is something they themselves stumbled on as an important but ignored aspect of this debate. The right for any church or priest to perform or not perform a wedding ceremony is not, has not, and will never be under question. It is not part of this debate and never has been. Serious people understand this. What's at issue here is civil marriage rights.

Anyone who thinks a church's right to deny performing a marriage is somehow at issue or at stake or a part of the debate has missed the boat, I'm afraid, but I guess it's good someone brought it up.

This issue is about civil marriage, not religious marriage. Individual religions are free to define marriage as they see fit. The Catholic Church, for instance, does not recognize divorce, but our legal system does. The sky hasn't fallen, no priest has a gun pointed to his head and been forced to recognize a divorce.

Civil equality and religious freedom... They exist side by side, without conflict, as long as citizens have a good understanding of both concepts... (which may, in the end, prove to be too much to ask for.)

Posted by ada on 06/17/2010 at 10:22 AM

 

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