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Mon. in Charlotte: Amendment 1 Pastors to chastise civil marriages (that they'll never be forced to solemnize)

by Jeremy Hooper

The entire Vote For Marriage NC campaign has involved pitting religion against *civil* marriage rights, so why shouldn't the closing argument?

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Of course by "preserving marriage," they not only mean inscribing a stricter ban against marriage equality into the state's constitution, but also rejecting civil unions, domestic partnerships, and potentially threatening the rights of unmarried heterosexual couples. All coming from people who, because of their in-place religious freedoms that most every marriage equality backer fully supports, already have the right to resist us in just about every way that they want (e.g. church membership, church roles, whether or not they'll perform any kind of ceremony for us, etc.).

But that sort of "winner take all and everything" form of "religious freedom" is still largely viewed as okay in our supposedly church/state separated country circa 2012. Better luck next decade, I guess? I hope.

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