Do you think lawsuits should be allowed against preachers who refuse to marry homosexuals?
Since the legalization of same sex marriage in Canada and many states court cases against christian ministers who will not marry homosexuals are on the rise. Do you think they should be required to marry homosexuals even if their religious beliefs say that homosexuality is immoral?
Well, no one, even a preacher, should be forced to marry...
Seriously though, shouldn't this be something that is covered in a preliminary discussion. If the preacher or the 'soon to be weds' are uncomfortable with each other then find someone else to do the job! It's a small matter unless being right is more important than common sense.
No, everyman has to act according to his or her conscience. I don't see how the activity of a priest or other religious leader is in the public domain and is compelled by law to take this course. It would be different at a county court house.
I definitely do not agree or think any kind of lawsuit should be filed against anyone who do not believe or accepts homosexuality its highly Pathetic!. Everyone have their beliefs and NO PREACHER should be forced to do such especially going against GOD and their spiritual beliefs. If i were a man and a preacher they would have to file many lawsuits if it becomes legal. I would never let down my standards to condone such dirty acts or for the government i rather die.
By the way their are preachers who would join same sexs together so perhaps gays should go their instead.
This Homosexual mess is getting to out of hand GOD alone knows what next is gonna be implemented to accept this act and its followers.
May GOD have mercy upon this sinful world where people accept wrong and shun the right
If the legal separation of Church and State is to be upheld, no religion should be forced to conduct same-sex marriages. Religions that want to perform same-sex unions should have the right to do so, and ones that don't should be free to not do so.
But it also means that religious beliefs have no place or basis whatsoever in driving or supporting state or federal laws.
No, lawsuits forcing priests/ministers to marry same sex couples is a clear violation of church and state....
No. That infringes on their personal freedom of choice. They are not obligated to marry anyone. They're preachers. The preach. Their job is to be a orator of whatever their faith is. Marrying someone is a side gig.
No, I don't think there should be any laws legislating who one must and must not marry. There are many preachers who won't marry a couple who hasn't been through marriage counseling, or through specific studies before they get married. Should they be forced to marry them too? No law should ever be made that would force someone to go against their conscience, regardless of whether or not other people agree with that person's conscience.
No of course not. You cannot take away someones freedom giving another theirs. We all have a free will, or should and anyone trying to force these things are only out to cause trouble. There are gay pastors, I would think that would be what they want, but then there are many churches that say gay is OK so why force anyone? The Christian is not taught by the bible that mixed marriages is wrong but it does teach gay is so people should know their bible if they base any answers on it. This is not discrimination, it is obeying the word of God. Argue it with Him.
No they should not be sued. A true marriage is between a man and a woman. If people of the same sex want to get married or be united together, let them go to a District Justice to have it performed legally but not harm the religious beliefs of clergy or anyone else.
Think outside the box for a moment. How about suing the gays for infringing on the religious rights of the clergy. That is something I would like to see.
they are free to do whatever they want ... should not be forced to do it.
As most others have already said, a religious leader should not, and I think would not, be under a legal obligation to marry anyone they did not believe should be married. Many churches have had stringent marriage restrictions on the books for decades in Canada and the US. The concept of separation of church and state works both ways.
@Terecktwo: your question suggests that court cases are "on the rise" trying to force clergy to make marriages they don't believe in. I don't think that's true... at least I haven't seen anything of the sort. A quick Google search would seem to back me up... the first hit I found dealt with the Presbyterian church's own internal court putting a minister on trial for doing a gay marriage (which the US Presbyterian church has chosen to outlaw).
No - that would be a violation of separation of church and state and a violation of the beliefs of the preacher. Why would a homosexual couple want to be married by a minister who does not believe their union is right in the eyes of God anyway? Find someone who supports you to perform the ceremony.
no i don't think lawsuits should be allowed. were suppose to be free and by letting gays sue, your only taking away the freedom of choice. if one preacher won't marry them, so what. many others will.
Of course not. Silly idea. Preachers are not employees of the state. Like the rest of us private citizens, they're free to act on their own conscience with no duty to follow the instructions of public service policy. Of course, were Obama and his loony cohort to be able to continue their instinctive drive to transform Americans into good little Nazis of a statist leftist utopia, we all would have to obey their policies, but thank our lucky stars they were cut off at the pass last November.
No. I am not judgmental, but God frowns upon homosexuality. We have the right to freedom of religion and that includes the right of preachers to refuse to bless a relationship their God frowns upon.
According to Bible Scripture, homosexuality is an abomination unto God. Therefore any person having anything to do with the joining of two same-sex persons is deliberately sinning against God and sinning against The Holy Spirit.
People will mock anything for a dollar but beware, God will oneday seekout and destroy the wicked.
You just mentioned it. If their religious beliefs say that homosexuality is immoral. Why do you mention it? If a person believes His or her religion is against any union; it is contradictory to marry them. If it was a legal matter though, the couple should get married by the legalization system and need not the approval of a religious association,no?
Keep in mind, this is not a condemning statement but in answer to your question:)
In all truth God does the marrying not the minister, So only a fool can marry the same sex and think they are married. God didnt make them one, he never has, nor will he do it.
So the minister must get real and stick to the word of God.
Gays must go create their own "Church" start their own religion and find their own solution instead of burdening the "Straight" side of life.
Absolutely not. A preacher should never be forced by the state to perform an action that would go directly against their beliefs and the beliefs they represent. To do so is completely contrary to the preacher's position and their rights to freedom of worship. It is a sad day when the courts even consider forcing a preacher to perform an act that is contradictory to their beliefs.
There should be no law suit if a priest does not want to marry homosexuals, it is their choice. As far as I know there is no place in the scriptures that give examples for them to see where there were homosexual marriages performed by priest. It immoral according to their faith that should be respected.
The church has its beliefs, and should be separate from the state.
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