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The real “religious freedom” argument

Timothy Kincaid

September 21st, 2012

Anti-gays love to scream about “religious freedom” when they really are working for the opposite. But here is a portion of a letter to the editor of Detroit Lakes Online by Rev. Mark Kuether, pastor of the Congregational United Church of Christ:

I have come to this view through my faith, along with thousands of other Minnesotans who are voting NO because of their faith. I am opposed to this amendment because if passed it would mix religion and politics in our constitution. This amendment would tell clergy who they can and cannot marry in their congregations. Some churches and religious organizations want to recognize the relationships of committed gay and lesbian couples. Some don’t. It should be their choice. However, this amendment does the opposite. It tells religious leaders they are not allowed to marry same-sex couples. Many faiths want to decide for themselves. This amendment represents a one-size fits all government mandate on our state’s churches. The best thing is to allow religious leaders and churches to decide for themselves.

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revchicoucc
September 22nd, 2012 | LINK

Thanks for running Mark’s letter. This is the other side of the religious freedom argument.

Indeed, the Iowa Supreme Court made this very point in its ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in that state. Religious organizations that approve of same-sex marriage, such as the United Church of Christ, are denied their First Amendment right to free exercise of relgion when civil law limits marriage to one man / one woman.

Qwerty
September 23rd, 2012 | LINK

Bravo! It is so refreshing to hear from a religious official who understands the concept of religious freedom. Thank you, Reverend Kuether.

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