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01/09/2014

Audio: NOM prez conflates right that churches do, in fact, have with discrimination some falsely think they deserve

by Jeremy Hooper

NOM president Brian Brown, speaking on the 1/8 edition of The Janet Mefferd Show:

SOURCE: Janet Mefferd Show, 1/8/13

Yes, Brian, we have said that pastors and priests will not be forced to recognize same-sex marriages. Because they won't. And they haven't been. On our side, we actually like to make factual statements.

Unfortunately, Brian, you are taking our good faith recognition of religious exemption/freedom and trying to apply it to any individual who does something crappy to a gay person and then immediately justifies it by saying, "oh, but it's my religion." And that's not okay. We have never promised any one the right to wantonly discriminate without any sort of blowback.

There is no "gotcha" here. We on the side of civil equality have always rendered the always-optional religious component of civil marriage to the individual denominations and their congregants to consider for themselves. But we LGBT and allied taxpayers have not and would not forfeit our right to nondiscrimination, equal accommodation, fair business practice, etc. The problem is not our stubbornness—it's the anti-LGBT crowd's greed!

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