Skip to comments.Gay marriage opponents cheer provision
Posted on 04/23/2009 12:32:50 PM PDT by presidio9
Opponents of gay marriage are celebrating an amendment to Connecticuts gay marriage legislation that allows religious organizations to opt out of same-sex ceremonies.
The provision is not unique, but goes further than those in Vermont and a handful of other states that recognize institutions that object to gay marriage.
Its a gesture of respect, National Organization for Marriage president Maggie Gallagher told POLITICO. Even people who want same-sex marriage see that groups that want marriage to remain between husband and wife have a point.
On Wednesday, the Connecticut General Assembly became the fourth state legislature to legalize gay marriage. Gov. Jodi Rell, a Republican, personally opposes gay marriage, but has said shell sign the bill.
The compromise amendment provides full conscience protection to parties that object to gay marriage, including vendors and members of the service industry.
In Vermont, only churches, clergy and religious organizations can object and opt out of gay marriage ceremonies.
Gallagher conceded that convincing lawmakers to reject the bill was likely a losing proposition in Connecticut, but said her organization helped pressure local lawmakers to adopt the provision.
The amendment is a small victory for a movement reeling after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the states gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.
Gallagher said she hopes the decision represents a change of heart among gay marriage advocates,
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small victory but a welcome one but I hope that CT as well as Iowa are trying to get a constitutional amendment like we have down here
anyone know about this?
Let the voters decide and see how it plays out.
what the homosexuals do not want that, wonder why
Yeah, after We The People voted NO
So much for the will of The People.
There's that word again.
Anyway, good news!
I think these provisions are great (in the same way it’s great to have your arm cut off if you’d die of gangrene otherwise) but I’m pessimistic about them staying around. It seems the eft will not be happy until pastors are perp-walked out of their churches for refusing to endorse sodomy.
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That's like opposing abortion personally but signing a bill to offer abortion on demand.
Incrementalism is how the socialist agenda is accomplished.
It is. And it works because those supposedly "on our side" who are collecting all the money, and setting the strategy, are sell-outs.
I think anyone who really wants to protect our most fundamental institution and gives one penny to this "National Organization for Marriage" is naively flushing their money down a toilet.
This is not good news.
This is not a smalll victory.
The amendment was written by and sponsored by the gay liberal Senator who sponsored the bill. The meaningful amendments all failed.
The fact that pro-family groups say nice things about this bill is folly.
Waaaaaaaay too little, and not worthy of celebration.
like i said, the gays sponsored the amendment and the vote on it was 34-1. They wrote it because they feared a serious and strong amendment would pass. And this gives cover to those who voted for the bill.
Rell may say that she is personally opposed, but she is politically opposed to gay-marriage opponents. She has no use for conservatives and she will rue the day she signed this.
Again, all the serious amendments failed. Maggie could try to grow a brain.
Schools in general have not tolerated bullying for many years now. That is the ONLY stand that schools should take, period. The rest of it is window dressing and it damages society greatly.
I have had no use for Rell from the day she took over for the other RINO.
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