Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NOM seeks special rights for some public servants

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage is now rallying its supporters to encourage the North Carolina House to override Senate Bill 2. SB 2 would have allowed magistrates to opt out of officiating same-sex marriages because of their religious beliefs.

Of course NOM frames this as an issue of religious liberty. Religious liberty is code for permission to deny service to people one disapproves of, falsely characterized as religious necessity. NOM should be careful. As an ultra-conservative Catholic organization, and proxy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, they should know that there was a time in this country when Protestants openly discriminated against Catholics.

According to Brian Brown, NOM's president, (or the trolls who write this stuff):
As you may have heard, last week the North Carolina Senate overrode Governor Pat McCrory's incredibly uninformed veto of critically important legislation to protect marriage and religious liberty. That was a great victory, but we are not done yet because now the House in North Carolina also needs to override McCrory's veto. Please click here to take action today to urge legislators to vote to override the veto of this legislation.

Senate Bill 2 was originally passed with overwhelming support in both houses of the state legislature. It protects clerks, magistrates and registers of deeds who have deeply-held religious objections from personally having to participate in same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies. Without this legislation, government officials would be put in the terrible position of having to choose between keeping their job or being true to their religious convictions.
My take is that, if these people cannot do their job serving all of the public, then they should find another occupation. After all their salaries and benefits are paid for by all of the taxpayers. Suppose they object to Jewish marriages or mixed marriages or Muslim marriages? Would legislators have the balls to support that kind of legislation?

Conducting a civil marriage shouldn't cause any of these folks to be destined for Hell if that is their belief.

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