Minnesota: Kneel Before the Altar of Same Sex Marriage

 

Live in Minnesota? Believe that same sex marriage is wrong? Don’t want to cooperate in the commission of an objective moral evil. Tough:

Background

On May 14, 2013 Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in Minnesota. Some cities are already accepting applications for marriage licenses in anticipation that couples will wish to get married immediately when the new law goes into effect on August 1st.
Religious Organizations

During the debate of the bill, the legislature sought to ensure that the legislation would not unconstitutionally infringe upon the rights of religious entities. Religious entities can therefore consistent with their theological doctrine, policy and teachings perform same-sex marriages. The new law, however, doesn’t compel legal religious entities to perform same-sex marriages.

Religious Exemptions

•The new law provides specific exemptions for religious entities from taking part in the solemnization of same-sex marriages.

•Therefore, a religious entity may choose not to marry a same sex couple as it has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine, policy, teachings and believes regarding who may marry within that faith.

Other Organizations are Not Exempt

•The law does not exempt individuals, businesses, nonprofits, or the secular business activities of religious entities from non-discrimination laws based on religious beliefs regarding same-sex marriage.

•Therefore, a business that provides wedding services such as cake decorating, wedding planning or catering services may not deny services to a same-sex couple who is planning a wedding based on their sexual orientation.

•To do so would violate protections for sexual orientation laid out in the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The individuals denied services could file a claim with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the entity that discriminated against them.

So here’s the takeaway: if you are a wedding planner, a caterer, a wedding cake decorator, a professional photographer who does weddings, a musician who accepts payment for playing at weddings held somewhere other than at a church that employs you, or a minister who is not currently serving a church (or other “religious entity”), and you do not want to facilitate a same sex wedding, it’s time for you to shutter your business, or turn in your credentials. The state of Minnesota has no respect for your religious belief, or for the implications that belief has for your actions. You can continue to hold your backward, bigoted, Neanderthal opinions (at least for now), but don’t you dare act on them.

(Via National Organization for Marriage blog.)

 


 

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