YOUR VOICE: Prop. 8 defeat a victory for religious freedom
by Rev. Lucas Hergert, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore
Feb 17, 2012 | 2158 views | 6 6 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Proposition 8 is about religious freedom. The recent federal court decision against the 2008 ballot initiative is a win not only for gay men and lesbians. It’s also a victory for the free exercise of faith in this country.

Thousands of clergy from different traditions welcome the day when we can officiate marriages for our gay and lesbian

parishioners. In the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association, these unions will have full denominational backing.

Many states, like California, prohibit religious leaders from performing marriages that our traditions regard as legitimate and holy. This is a clear violation of the First Amendment. By denying us this right, the government prevents us from exercising our religious freedom.

Those who argue otherwise use a tortured logic. They suggest that equal marriage somehow infringes upon their liberties. Not so. No law would demand that a religious group perform marriages against its will. Equal marriage simply allows religious groups that whole-heartedly endorse those unions to do so.

Will Prop. 8 be defeated by the Supreme Court? For the sake of religion in this country, it’s in my prayers.

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March 06, 2012
It's not just gay men. Almost everywhere nowadays. The bible says this, that everyone would do what is right in their own sight. And that is exactly what happened. From the president on down to Joe Plumber and even gang bangers. Relative morals are taught in the classroom not common sense. If it feels good do it. Common sense has gone out the window. People are stupid everywhere you go.
March 04, 2012
Why would a preacher marry two men? Can you imagine two stupid grown man standing naked staring at each other. Now what do we do. Yuck! Sorry, but that's just wrong!
March 04, 2012
Disagree wholeheartedly, but it does bring forth the issue of an overreaching justice system, and puts the democratic way of life in California at great peril.

If Californians continually vote for issues and they are continually vetoed by the courts, then the primary question is are we truly a democratic state?


Jim DeHart

February 28, 2012
well if u read the bible it says a man and a woman was created and not a man and man and not a woman and a woman so therefore in my personal opinion and my religious beliefs gays and lesbiens should not be married to the same sex and thats what im standing by whether anyone likes it or not
February 17, 2012
The Koran holds that a righteous man can take four wives. Are you saying that the State's bigamy laws are an abomination because they prevent believers in Islam from exercising their religious freedom?

In the year 1875, most Californians would have considered homosexuality to be a form of perversion. In 2012 California, homosexuality is a broadly accepted lifestyle.

The current gay marriage debate reflects efforts to realign our laws to better correspond to the attitudes of our time. This is not an issue of religious freedom. Its part of our legal system's ongoing evolution.

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