27 March 2006

Religion isn’t Part of the Equation

Posted in LGBT, Politics at 21:38 by jehovahsfitness

The radio show State of Belief asked its listeners to write or phone in with their opinions of the role religion should or should not play in the same-sex marriage issue.
Here's my response.

The Religious Right's insistence on discriminating against LGBT individuals is contrary to my religious beliefs. The Founding Fathers set up a separation of religion and politics in this country because they knew that an alliance of one religious group with the political establishment would infringe on the rights of other religious groups. Assume for a moment the opposite of the current situation was taking place; that I was forcing my religious views on others, specifically forcing churches that were against same-sex marriages to perform them anyway. Such a situation would also be detrimental to religious liberty. The issue of marriage equality does have religious implications, but religion should not be used as the justification for legal action. The equality for LGBT individuals to marry should be recognized only because it is unconstitutional not to, and religious people should be able to decide among themselves whether to preform and recognize same-sex marriages within their own religious group, because it would be unconstitutional to force them either way.

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1 Comment »

  1. cami said,

    For a country that claims seperation of church and state, religion has an awful lot of influence on policy.
    And lets not get into all the pointing and shrieking at non-secular governments that goes on.


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