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How does legalizing gay marriage Throw the first amendment out?

I mean really am I missing some thing?

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Asked by hot-mama86 at 10:54 AM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (82)
  • It doesn't - it upholds the first amendment.

    Answer by justnancyb at 10:55 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • It doesn't. People who say that don't have a good idea of what the first amendment protects. The Prop 8 ruling has zero impact on the first amendment, outside of simply being good constitutional law. Allowing same sex couples to wed doesn't impact anyone's ability to freely practice their religion.

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 10:57 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • what won't stop them from sueing him
    Churches refuse to marry people all the time. You cannot sue a church for that, churches are not lawfully required to marry anyone. Only the JP is.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 11:13 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Pastors already discriminate when selecting whom they will and will not marry.

    Pastors are under no obligation to perform their services for people they believe should not marry, nor perform any specific religion's rituals (imagine a Rastafarian couple asking an Episcopalian to marry them, and then getting their shirts in a knot because he won't do it their way!)... they can decline to marry a couple because the couple hasn't or won't take the couple's course the pastor likes, or because they are not 'qualified' in the eyes of his church to marry at all (because they're divorced or not baptized or whatever)...

    Gay marriage being recognized by the state isn't going to change any of that... but the whole debate does rather shine a light on how petty and paranoid people are, doesn't it?

    Answer by LindaClement at 11:14 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Special is right: No church, church connected school or dorm, or even an individual person, dr.; photographer, whatever, should be forced to do something or accomodate something or someone that goes against their beliefs just because someone else decides to yell discrimination. If they are sued and the sueing person wins...and they are forced by law to accomodate that person, then THEIR rights have been denied.. I'm really getting tired of people playing the discrimination card everytime they run into something or someone that doesn't share their views or approves of their lifestyle. In that sense they are simply attempting to use the law to force others into acceptance and quite frankly, that is wrong on many levels, in a society that claims the freedom to think and form opinions for oneself as well as the right to agree or disagree with whatever.

    Answer by meriana at 2:56 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I do believe that, for example, a gay couple should not go to a church that is against gay marriage in order to try to get them to marry them. However, can you imagine purposefully going someplace you are looked down upon and hated? Not very likely. The Catholic charity received state and federal funds, so they were discriminating against the tax payers that helped fund their charity. They could have refused the funds but instead chose to shut down. Any organization that receives state and/or federal funds should be held accountable if they discriminate against any groups of people based upon race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. If they want the right to discriminate, then they shouldn't accept those tax-paid funds. They can't have their cake and eat it too. That is what all these discrimination suits are about.

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 4:05 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • It doesn't!

    Answer by older at 10:56 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • "anyone who feels being gay is a sin is a bigot "

    Good! At least someone has their head on straight.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:25 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • "anyone who feels being gay is a sin is a bigot "

    If that is really what they are going to be teaching, I'd seriously question it. Not agreeing with the lifestyle of another or feeling that it is wrong is not being a bigot. If it is, then we're all bigots for believeing that the lifestyle of a pedophile is wrong...and before anyone says that's a choice, there have been those who claimed to have been born with those desires. Of course they would teach that you cannot go around being mean and hateful but to teach that because you don't agree with something that makes you a bigot is just wrong and could open up a whole new area for name-calling, etc.

    Answer by meriana at 11:44 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • We have come a long way since 2004 when GWB was President. Here's a Link:

    Answer by gertie41 at 11:45 AM on Aug. 6, 2010