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To: Congressman Billybob
This is a hypothetical question, which I see as an outcome of this decision, and I haven't seen it asked, but it may have. I haven't read all the posts regarding this decision.

If, states pass this decision, it is in direct conflict with the teachings of the majority of religions. If a gay couple demands a religious demoniation marry them (church cermony), and that religion refuses, based upon their teachings, will the government intervene and tell the church they have to marry them, is this a direct violation of the first amendment?

36 posted on 11/18/2003 3:28:49 PM PST by Indy Pendance (Don't sweat the petty . . . pet the sweaty)
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To: Indy Pendance
Hey, that's a nice can of worms you have there. Do you need to borrow this?


76 posted on 11/18/2003 3:55:33 PM PST by William McKinley
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To: Indy Pendance
This Massachusetts decision, bad as it is, deals only with the civil side of marriage as promulgated by the state. It has nothing to do with the practices of any religion concerning marriage.

John / Billybob

164 posted on 11/18/2003 5:53:49 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com Visit. Join. Help. Please.)
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To: Indy Pendance
If a gay couple demands a religious demoniation marry them (church cermony), and that religion refuses, based upon their teachings, will the government intervene and tell the church they have to marry them, is this a direct violation of the first amendment?

'Course it is. In a free country, the government has no business forcing churches to marry people, or to do anything for that matter.

248 posted on 11/19/2003 3:56:33 AM PST by Smile-n-Win (Let the Right do what's right, and the Left will be left behind.)
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