[quote="bitznbitez, post:7, topic:305795"]
Not if the US Constitution is followed because of the fact the federal government is prohibited from both establishing a religion and prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Of course the signs that the US Judicial system has even heard mention of the US Constitution have been vanishing quickly......
What I see more likely is the states refusing to allow priests to perform the civil ceremony at all. Ie. Because you are "discriminatory" the state refuses to recognize the marriages you perform.
What you folks are facing in England is different because, as I understand things, the CoE is established by the civil government and hence must comply with its demands. But who knows I could be missing something.
That's the impression I get as well from what I read, namely that the Constitution seems to forbid certain things that are being enforced currently.
By the way, I'm in German and live here. ;)
[quote="Dakota_Roberts, post:6, topic:305795"]
May we live in interesting times indeed.
We certainly do.
[quote="Faithdancer, post:13, topic:305795"]
One potential problem- if parishes are accustomed to renting out their facilities to non-parish groups, this could open the door for homosexuals to seek to rent parish facilities for their same sex "weddings." If denied rental, they could conceivably sue the parish for discrimination. This has already happened elsewhere, with same sex couples suing a church for refusing to rent its facilities.:(
While I guess that would happen, I really don't see how it could be "discriminatory" within the bounds of sanity. Why can't the parish have those willing to rent the premises sign an agreement that specifically says that no same sex "marriages" are allowed? It's a legal agreement and valid isn't it? If not, why can't I go and sue any Unitarian parish for not allowing me to be married there by one of their ministers with Trinitarian liturgical elements? It's basically the same. I go against what they believe and require them to comply with my wish, and they refuse. Same scenario, different judgement I guess. If they want to get "married" in a church environment, they have enough other options that will provide what they want. it's just too bad for them if the Catholic Church doesn't fit their wishes. This is absurd. And honestly, the more I think of it the more I am appalled by this movement's arrogance.