Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gay marriage, gender identity & the future of religious dissent

From The Tribune Review-

Even LGBT activists were surprised by the margin of victory last week when 62 percent of Irish voters approved a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. In the United States, a Gallup poll released on May 19 found that 60 percent of Americans favor same-sex marriage. Just two decades ago, that number was only 27 percent.

The rapid shift in public support for gay marriage and LGBT civil rights in Europe and the U.S. has left religious conservatives scrambling.

At the time the Irish were voting, a magistrate and former magistrate in North Carolina were filing suit to challenge the state's requirement that magistrates conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in the same manner as other marriage ceremonies. The lawsuit seeks religious liberty exemptions for magistrates with religious objections to gay marriage.

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