what you will have done is removed the rights of those who through faith have had that belief taken away
How is allowing same-sex couples to get married, removing anybody elses' rights?
And how on EARTH is it taking away anybodys' beliefs?
we are agreed that the church of England and Rome does not agree with same sex marriage yes? within that belief you have billions of people also agreeing with that non sex marriage message
if you then force same sex unions through "marriage" you will have taken that away. it is a simplicity that isn't true that the church will be forced to remove this belief and here is why
we live in a culture of silly suing..so say the state recognises civil unions as "marriage" you can with almost certian positivity then see groups like stonewall try and sue the church for breaking the law for refusing to recognise a legal status..you know this is almost a real possibility
what do you think what happen next?
What an implausibly weak argument.
Legal recognition and equality, does not make the CofE or the Roman Catholic church, or any other religion have to change their belief, or that of their respective congregations. They are still free to believe whatever they want. In fact anybody is still free to believe in whatever they want, be it bat-shit-crazy or otherwise.
Allowing same-sex marriage doesn't change that, doesn't remove beliefs, nor does it remove rights.
If you want to argue that the consequences may - then argue that point should the consequences arise, but as is, that's just practically the weakest thin-edge-of-the-wedge argument I've ever heard.
I'll repeat this, since it's most apposite:-
If people, either individually, or collectively, wish to believe the moon is made of cheese, they are free to. If the scientific community provides true proof that it's not made of cheese, that doesn't remove anybodys' rights or beliefs to continue believing the moon is made of cheese - it may just make them look a bit stupid.
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