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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Sure, it's possible but in my experience, the large majority of people that support SSM have no interest, and, in fact, strongly oppose forcing churches to do anything (and so far, the poll is bearing that out).
    That may be the case, but we wouldn't know for sure unless SSM was made legal across the nation, and then watch to see what happened from there. However some might argue that the whole thing about religious institutions being forced to add birth control to coverage for workers might hint in the direction of the 'possibility' that I suggested possible.
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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    No, I'm quite content with just imagining the pope tied to a chair forced to watch while I'm going down on ----oh what was i saying... Well, since churches get tax benefits...I mean, no and there's 6 churches in every shanty town in this country, so I don't see how to enforce this anyway.

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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    That may be the case, but we wouldn't know for sure unless SSM was made legal across the nation, and then watch to see what happened from there. However some might argue that the whole thing about religious institutions being forced to add birth control to coverage for workers might hint in the direction of the 'possibility' that I suggested possible.
    They shouldn't be forced to. But they should lose their tax exempt status and be reclassified as as something more along the lines of an ethnic club, unrelated their stance on SSM..................

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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    If this becomes the case gays are welcome to form their own non-profit churches and perform their own weddings. Besides, you don't have to go to church to get married anyway.

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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzai View Post
    They shouldn't be forced to. But they should lose their tax exempt status and be reclassified as as something more along the lines of an ethnic club, unrelated their stance on SSM..................
    Thanks for pretty much proving my point... you are not the only one.
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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzai View Post
    They shouldn't be forced to. But they should lose their tax exempt status and be reclassified as as something more along the lines of an ethnic club, unrelated their stance on SSM..................
    If you vote in the poll, you should vote yes. That's exactly the type of thing I was asking about.
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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Of course not. It's ridiculous to think for a moment that any church can or should be forced to marry anyone. It's perfectly legal for a Jew and a Catholic to marry... but most Rabbis and Priests will refuse to perform such a ceremony on religious grounds, and quite frankly that's fine. I guarantee that if SS couples wish a religious ceremony, there are plenty of religious folk who will be willing to perform it.
    Last edited by DiAnna; 04-02-13 at 12:17 AM.

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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    No, forcing a church to perform a gay marriage violates their religious doctrine and thus violates Separation of Church and State.
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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Of course not, churches are not forced to perform *ANY* marriages. They don't have to perform interracial marriages now, why would they be forced to perform gay marriages in the future? Anyone who thinks they will be is an idiot.
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    Re: If SSM is Legalized, Should Churches be "Forced" to Perform Gay Marriages?

    Of course no one should be forced to perform ceremonies. Each church can decide who and what they want to perform Holy Matrimony. SSM should be legal and eventually will be. Yet, firmly individual churches are within their rights for whatever customs or belief systems they hold within.

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