Churches Now Legally Obligated To Perform Gay Wedding Ceremonies
June 11, 2014 10:19am PST
The debate over homosexual marriage and its validity is far from over, but those in favor of the matrimonial acceptability have recently had quite the win. It has recently been signed into law in Demark obligating churches to hold homosexual weddings.
The vote has been hailed but those in support, such as Denmark’s church minister, Manu Sareen, as, “historic.” He further expressed, “I think it’s very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married. Today, it’s only heterosexual couples.”
According to the law, priests and pastors of whichever church homosexuals choose to hold their ceremony can decline, but they are obligated to find a suitable replacement. As one could expect however, not everyone is too happy after the recent vote.
Danish People’s Party – a conservative leaning institution – spokesperson Christian Langballe shared, “Marriage is as old as man himself, and you can’t change something as fundamental. Marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman.”
Despite the heavy opposition, the bill passed via an 85-111 vote in favor of the law. Homosexual weddings are set to take place as early as June 15.
So what do you guys think – is this appropriate? Mandating someone to violate their religious beliefs in the name of tolerance? Could the first domino in a long line soon to fall? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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