Maryland marriage?

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Well, here is something to think about.  It looks like the governor of Maryland is introducing a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in the state again.  As you’ll see in the article, there is a bit of history here in that this has been tried before (and failed).  This time some protections are being built into the law to protect religious organisations from having to conduct marriages.

What does that mean exactly.  Does that mean that a religion doesn’t have to recognise marriages, conduct marriages, or allow them to take place on their premises just because the couple involved are gay?  Is that right?

I go back and forth on this issue.  I don’t necessarily want people to be forced to go against their religious beliefs on the one hand, but marriage is a civil ceremony in this country, not a religious one so why should this provision be in there?  Should we allow religious groups to discriminate against one group of people or not?  Surely if we allow people to legally discriminate against one group, then that is not equality.  Right?

What do you think?

Big love,

DMx

(No more use of the question mark key for me today…I have exceeded my quota….)

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