Hi everyone, I am interested in people's thoughts as to whether churches should be required to perform gay marriages?
Although I am very pro-gay marriage, my initial thought on the issue was that if a church chose not to, that choice should be respected. However, the more I think about it, the more I wonder how this is justifiable? If the law (and in my opinion, common sense) recognized gays and lesbians as fully equal people, should churches, who I think (and correct me if I'm wrong) are granted power by the government to perform marriages that are legally binding (not to mention given tax-exempt status courtesy of the taxpayer - including gays), should they be entitled to discriminate? What if they decided they didn't agree with racially-mixed marriage? Don't agree that women are equals (yes, I know this brings up the whole priest thing ...!)
I guess it's a larger question really ... where a church's belief is at odds with human rights, who wins? Seems to me, the church should be on the hook to respect equality, just like business and other institutions are.
Again, please correct me if I some of my facts are off; looking forward to hearing people's thoughts.