Denmark’s parliament voted overwhelmingly that churches in Denmark must allow same-sex couples to use their facilities for same-sex weddings, and even officiate the weddings. If the priest of the parish is unwilling to officiate the wedding, the bishop must find a priest who is willing to do so.
The government is using its power to force churches to rent out their facilities for purposes they find immoral, and that go against the dictates of their religion. I would love to see them try to force mosques to do the same! Hopefully the church in Denmark will rebel. Considering the fact that less than 1/3 of the priests object, however, I doubt it.
Gays once fought for tolerance. Now, they are fighting for approval, and are willing to use the force of law to “persuade” everyone to their point of view. How tolerant.
How long will it be before this comes to the U.S.? “But we have legal protections here in the U.S. Our Constitution protects our religious freedom, so it won’t happen here.” True, we do have legal protections, but these protections are a house of cards. We have already seen the courts tell individual citizens that they must sacrifice their personal religious beliefs and conscience to make way for the rights of same-sex couples in the realm of commerce. Why think the realm of religious organizations will get a pass? If denying a service to same-sex couples is considered unjust discrimination in every other circumstance, how can churches be allowed to do so? Discrimination is discrimination, and the law won’t allow for any of it.
While I don’t think homosexuality is comparable to race, and I don’t think same-sex marriage is comparable to mixed-race marriages, this comparison is often advanced successfully in the public and legal sphere. If a church could not get away with refusing to rent their facilities or perform a wedding for a mixed-race couple on the grounds that it goes against their religious beliefs, why think the law will allow them to get away with refusing to rent their facilities or perform a wedding for same-sex couples on the same grounds? If mixed-race marriage and same-sex marriage are viewed as different manifestations of the same unjust discrimination, and the church cannot legally engage in such discrimination today (for mixed-race marriages), then surely the church will not be able to legally engage in such “discrimination” tomorrow (for same-sex marriage).
Just keep repeating: “Same-sex marriage will not affect me. Same-sex marriage will not affect me. Same-sex marriage will not affect me.”