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4lbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-11 02:14 AM
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87. Remember though, that the same state legislature also passed a religious exemption to same-sex
Edited on Sat Jun-25-11 02:16 AM by 4lbs
marriage.

What does that mean?

While same-sex marriage is legal in New York, the religious exemption allows churches to deny same-sex couples from getting married there. It also allows pastors, ministers, judges, etc, to deny performing a same-sex wedding for religious reasons.

So, if a gay couple in New York wanted to get married in a particular church, the church could say "No way, you're not having it here!".

Likewise, if they asked a minister or justice to perform their wedding, he or she can refuse saying they are against same-sex marriage because of their religion.
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