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USA: Marriage Equality Trumps Religious Objections, Poll Finds

Friday, June 27th, 2014

titleA new poll finds that a majority of Americans think marriage equality should trump “religious freedom”, at least when it comes to health care and businesses.

The Gazette Extra reports:

A solid majority of Americans now supports equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health care benefits to same-sex partners of employees–even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54 percent of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious grounds.

When it’s about commerce, LGBT rights (just like African American rights and women’s rights) should trump someone’s religious objections.

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IL: Bill Would Limit Civil Union Rights

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Illinois Civil UnionsAn Illinois senator introduced a bill Monday that would allow religious organizations to use their doctrine as an excuse to discriminate against same-sex couples.

The bill would amend the recently passed civil unions law to ensure that religious institutions can be exempt from abiding by the Human Rights Act, which ensures LGBT people and same-sex couples will not be discriminated against when being considered for adopting or fostering children.

Sen. David Koheler, the bill’s lead sponsor, has a lesbian daughter who just got engaged at the end of December, notes the Bilerico Project. Koehler was also the civil unions bill’s primary sponsor in the senate.

Full Story from The Advocate

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