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April 06, 2005

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MK

i totally support gay marriage. not letting it violtes the 1st and 14th amendment. DUH

Andrew Upson

"Churches that refuse to provide gay marriage ceremonies will be punished.

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If someone can explain to us how this can NOT happen, we’d love to hear it."

Oh come on, that's an easy one. No church can be compelled to perform a marriage ceremony for anyone, gay or strait.

When my wife and I were getting married we had to go through pre-marital counseling with our pastor. He reserved the right to deny us a church wedding if he felt we should not be getting married (and this would be for reasons a whole lot lower on the scale than homosexuality). He had previously declined to marry a (hetero) couple and they filed suit. The couple lost big time.

Since you can go to court and get married by a justice of the peace (who cannot deny a marriage so long as it does not violate any laws) there is no reason to compel churches to marry those they deem unsuitable for the institution. Nevermind that forcing a church to do something it thinks is morally wrong would violate the establishment clause since the govt would be mandating a religious matter.

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