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Recent Activity Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster sued after a religious group denied the use of a beachside pavilion the couple had wanted to use as the site of their wedding. The couple won. Another article about the same case. The United Methodist Church teaches, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” and that “ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.” But Judge Metzger said church doctrine was irrelevant. “As to ‘free exercise’ [of religion], the LAD is a neutral law of general application designed to uncover and eradicate discrimination; it is not focused on or hostile to religion,” he wrote. The free exercise clause did not factor into his ruling, he stated, but “a much lower standard that tolerates some intrusion into religious freedom to balance other important societal goals.” and this one. Christian Photographer Who Refused Gay Wedding Lost Lawsuit So I guess you're right that it has never happened--except when it has.
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So what about those Christians who believe, based on the clear teaching of the Bible, that all sex outside of marriage is wrong? Should those pastors and priests be forced to perform weddings for same-sex couples? Should those churches be forced to accept as members people who don't hold to the basic tenets of their faith? Perhaps those "bigots", as you call them, should be given some kind of distinctive mark to wear, say a yellow cross, so that all of you enlightened non-bigots can know who those people unworthy to be citizens are. Yeah. That might work. /s
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Aug 7, 2012