Do you find many don't understand that separation of church and state protects both religious institutions and the citizens? I've seen so many that irrationally fear their churches will be forced to marry same sex couples for example, when that is not going to happen. Do you find many who are upset about the Supreme Court ruling have misunderstandings about it, the government and how our system actually works? Separation of Church and State has protections that go both ways and I think many don't realize that.
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Licenses do differ by state, but every state issues licenses and marriage can be wholly without religion. This is why people being up in arms about the ruling makes no sense to me, it's always been that way.
I completely agree. It's puzzling to me how many seem to not understand these concepts and that they cannot impose their faith on law, but law cannot force them to change their faith.
The 5% is powerful information, even though the media portrays an illusion being far greater. The Williams Institute at UCLA Law specializing in LGBT places it at 3.5% of US Population (2011). Noteworthy certainly while not a majority.
Exactly this! I can't believe people think they can use religious beliefs to not do their job, get another job then. The people who think the govt. can force their churches to perform same sex marriages is a sad testament to lack of education imo.
Lisa...You are absolutely correct. It only makes simple sense! If U work for the GOVERNMENT, U must follow laws of the Gov't. Ur religious beliefs/bigotry won't fly there! Churches, temples,mosques & clergy/Relig Org can refuse. That's it!
I completely agree with every point you stated - and I'm glad it seems we are at least making some progress. The TX clinics are not being shut down and the same sex marriage legalization. baby steps, but steps.
Totally. I know of no one who would wish to be married in a hostile environment. Like you I think it will all die down. I was just a little shocked that there are people out there that believe the govt. can compel churches to comply.
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Sadly I am in many discussion groups and even a couple of my close friends who are otherwise intelligent people fear the govt. will make their Baptist minister marry same sex couples. That's what made me wonder how many people don't know the system?
I do imagine there are some people who wonder. I have heard this issue brought up on the news, but as far as falling under "water cooler talk" I can say I haven't heard any concerns expressed. That is saying a lot since I am from the Bible Belt.