Should religious institutions such as the Catholic Church have to marry gays?

Asked by: doctorsoprano
  • Marriage is marriage, regardless of who it is being married.

    The only threat to marriage is divorce. You get married because you love someone for who they are, not what they are. The bible was written during times of extreme homophobia, so obviously it says that it's wrong. It was the opinions of the men who wrote the bible over 2000 years ago!

  • I say yes.

    Most people in the lgbt+ community have discarded their faith because of churches and christians telling them that they eventually will go the hell for who they are and what they like. So if a gay couple still believes in God, you should really, really marry them on their basis of god and trust.

  • I say yes

    I believe that they should marry gays because no one should be judged by their sexuality. There is no difference between a man and a woman getting married to a man and man/woman and woman getting married. As long as they truly love each other there should be no problem

  • I'm gay, if it matters

    No. One of the main arguments people bring up when talking about gay marriage is they say I'll be forced to marry gay couples. Religious institutions won't be forced to do anything. You can become an ordained minister for 35 bucks it's really not that hard to find someone else. No one wants to get married by someone who doesn't want to marry them off, trust me.

  • Genesis Chapter 19

    God despises homosexual behavior in Scripture, period. I will never compromise, and all devout Christians should fight this one to the death. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and all the cities of the plain, all we need to do is read, reflect and govern our behavior according to the Bible.

  • I do not believe that the Catholic Church, any other Christian denomination, or any other religious group, should have to marry gays.

    The United States Constitution clearly outlines in its First Amendment that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." In this nation, we are guaranteed the right to practice our religious beliefs as we choose without the threat of governmental interference. Because we have this right, if these groups do not agree to this form of marriage, it makes sense that they should not have to partake in it.

  • It goes against their doctrine

    For the government to get so deeply involved into a political issue that they would involve themselves in the doctrinal positions of a church is a gross violation of church and state. Even as an atheist (or maybe especially as an atheist) the idea makes my skin crawl. It is one thing to apply social pressure and to debate the point in such way that the Church feels compelled to reconsider their stance. It is quite another for them to HAVE to do something against what they believe in, that is the wrong direction to go.

  • No, and no one is trying to make them.

    It is a blatant lie of the anti-gay marriage crowd that religious institutions would be forced to marry gay people. The separation of church and state means the government can't tell any religious institution who they have to marry- there are churches in the South that still refuse to marry interracial or interfaith couples and they are not getting forced by the government to do so.

    All gay marriage being legalized means is that any institution CAN legally marry homosexual couples and that civil departments must issue marriage licenses to them.

  • You cannot force religious groups to go against their faith.

    Nobody can dictate what you believe. If you truly believe your religion, you will not feel right about doing something that your religion does not support. It doesn't matter what you believe, you have a right to it and no one can force you to accept their choices or beliefs just because that is socially acceptable.

  • No, unless you support taking freedom away from people.

    The key word here is freedom of choice. If someone does not want to marry gay couples, then states have no right to get their noses into it.
    Gays already can have civil unions. They want religious gayrriages too? They were not so supporting of freedom after all, uh? Remember freedom of worship is a human right, and that includes the ideas derived of your religion and your right to refuse to act against what you stand for.

    Posted by: Rafe
  • Separation of church and state

    The First Amendment stops the federal government from from passing any law that will muzzle the free expression of religion. What becomes law in secular America must stop at the doors of the church, especially when the law is anti-Christian. There is sufficient text in the Bible to establish that same-sex vows cannot be exchanged at an altar.

  • Catholic Churches Should Have Freedom

    The Catholic Church should not have to be forced to do something they disagree with. That is the equivalent of going to a religious temple and doing that which is considered wrong or not doing what is supposed to be done. Religions cannot be forced to change since it is what they believe in that makes them a religion.

  • No they shouldn't "have" to.

    No they shouldn't "have" to but they probably should. Doing so would be an acknowledgement that people don't choose to be gay anymore than they choose to prefer vanilla to chocolate. But they shouldn't have to and I don't believe I have ever heard anyone claim that they should have to.

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Bullish says2013-08-07T22:13:32.217
Marriage licenses are not handed out by the Church. In most cases, it's City Hall. This is a non-question.