Friday, April 29, 2011

A compromise on gay marriage?

Imagine a constitutional amendment that would:

1) Allow marriage between two individuals of the same sex,

AND

2) Provide that no religious organization be compelled or pressured (e.g. through lawsuits, taxation or withholding of benefits to which they would otherwise be entitled—like accreditation or student loans) to employ, enroll, retain, provide services to, or house anyone who engages in any behavior which that religious organization deems to be inappropriate, offensive or sinful.

Of course the language would have to be tweaked by lawyers but the intention would be to allow gay marriage but at the same time protect the liberty of religious organizations to follow their conscience with regard to behaviors they believe are sinful.  In short, it would protect religious liberty.

I’m wondering if gay rights activists would be in favor of such a compromise.

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