Will the gamble pay off? Divide and Conquer...
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(02-14-2012, 11:01 PM)Melkite Wrote: Wait, what?  Churches in Washington state can be forced to perform gay marriages?

A bit of an over reaction, I'd say, since the law says in its second paragraph:

Washington State SB 6239, as engrossed for the Governors signature Wrote:p. 1, 7 (4) No regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam,
8 rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization is required to
9 solemnize or recognize any marriage. A regularly licensed or ordained
10 minister or priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious
11 organization shall be immune from any civil claim or cause of action
12 based on a refusal to solemnize or recognize any marriage under this
13 section. No state agency or local government may base a decision to
14 penalize, withhold benefits from, or refuse to contract with any
15 religious organization on the refusal of a person associated with such
16 religious organization to solemnize or recognize a marriage under this
17 section.

18 (5) No religious organization is required to provide
19 accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, services, or goods
20 related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.


21 (6) A religious organization shall be immune from any civil claim
22 or cause of action, including a claim pursuant to chapter 49.60 RCW,
23 based on its refusal to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages,
24 privileges, services, or goods related to the solemnization or
25 celebration of a marriage

26 (7) For purposes of this section:
27 (a) "Recognize" means to provide religious-based services that:
28 (i) Are delivered by a religious organization, or by an individual
29 who is managed, supervised, or directed by a religious organization;
30 and
31 (ii) Are designed for married couples or couples engaged to marry
32 and are directly related to solemnizing, celebrating, strengthening, or
33 promoting a marriage, such as religious counseling programs, courses,
34 retreats, and workshops; and
35 (b) "Religious organization" includes, but is not limited to,
36 churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, nondenominational ministries,
37 interdenominational and ecumenical organizations, mission
p. 3 1 organizations, faith-based social agencies, and other entities whose
2 principal purpose is the study, practice, or advancement of religion.

Seems to me that the statute itself exempts virtually every form of religion and religious organisation from the law.
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Re: Will the gamble pay off? Divide and Conquer... - by jovan66102 - 02-15-2012, 12:15 AM



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