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Wholly compatible: Freedom of religion, freedom to marry

Wholly compatible: Freedom of religion, freedom to marry

A new report from the Center for American Progress contends that freedom of religion and the freedom to marry are “twin freedoms” wholly compatible with one another, despite claims to the contrary by conservative religious groups. The group states:

Even with the ample religious exemptions built into marriage equality laws, some conservatives still claim that they do not go far enough. These opponents of equality want to go as far as to exempt individual citizens from providing goods and services to same-sex couples when doing so would allegedly be inconsistent with their faith. They believe, for example, that shopkeepers and restaurant owners should be able to deny goods and services to same-sex couples, all in the name of “religious freedom.” They similarly believe that public-sector employees, such as city clerks, should be able to deny government services to same-sex couples if they are religiously opposed to marriage equality.

In truth, exempting private citizens from existing laws that prohibit discrimination against gay individuals is not about safeguarding religious freedoms. Instead, it is simply about giving people a license to discriminate

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Read full story and find links to the report here.

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Gary (NJ)

This is all about hate; these very unchrist-like religions are just an excuse. What if one’s religion teaches that black people are inferior (which I believe Mormonism did in the past) or that Jews are ‘unsaved’; does that automatically give one license to discriminate and exclude? Every freedom has some limits and the diginity and civil rights of others definitely trumps this one!

Gary (NJ) please sign your name when you post – thanks ~ed

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