Skip to comments.ACLU Sues Over Indiana Marriage Law
Posted on 05/09/2012 8:46:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog
The ACLU says you shouldn't have to be a preacher or a judge in order to conduct weddings.
The group has filed a federal lawsuit against the state on behalf of two agnostics claiming the state's marriage laws are unconsitutional. "There are entities out there like the Center for Inquiry made up of people who are not religious, but have deep beliefs, deep philosophies, and they would like their leaders who are trained to marry people to be able to do so," said Ken Falk, Legal Director for the ACLU of Indiana.
Falk says two members of the Center For Inquiry want to get married using a leader at the Center who has been trained to conduct weddings. However the CFI leader is unable to officiate a wedding because only ministers and judges are legally allowed to do so in Indiana.
Falk says the state law violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment because religions are the only groups to have the right to have their beliefs recognized in weddings. "A state cannot discriminate against non-religion in favor of religion any more than it can discriminate in favor or one one religion or the other." He says it also violates the 14th Amendment by not allowing groups who have non-religious beliefs to spread those beliefs through marriage ceremonies.
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What would an agnostic preacher have? A degree of Doctor of Nondivinity?
“A state cannot discriminate against non-religion in favor of religion...”
But they discriminate against religion in favor of non-religion all the time.
In Alaska anyone of age can get a commission to perform a wedding.
Wasn’t it Oliver North who called it the “Always Careless with Liberty” Union?
Legally all that is needed is to fill out the forms and have two witnesses. THEN YOU HAVE TO SEND ONE INTO THE CLERKS OFFICE TO BE REGISTERED. If you don't ever send it in YOU ARE NOT MARRIED.
ACLU is a Marxist organization and should be outlawed. A communist founded it to destroy the legal system of the US. Without Just Law, countries will slide into chaos or totalitarianism.
Homosexual “marriage” is a Marxist concept—designed to destroy the natural family-—Marx wanted to destroy the family unit and God.....so that he could force his “unnatural” system on the world. Marx throws out Natural Law Theory-—our government is built upon it.
Actually, I think the ACLU defended Oliver.