Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Just give me that old time religion

Apparently religious freedom ONLY applies to one kind.

In what appears to be a rather massive violation of the freedom of religion, the Republican party in Indiana appears to have amended the state criminal code to either make it a crime, or confirm that it remain a crime, for clergy to conduct weddings for gay couples.

While it is not widely known, numerous mainstream American religions permit gay nuptials. The faiths include reform Judaism, Evangelical Lutherans, Episcopalians, and the United Church of Christ, among others.

The amendment to the criminal code, which will go into effect on July 1, 2014, makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 for clergy “solemnize” a marriage of two men or two women.


DanF said...

Gov. Mike Pence is as bright as a brick, and he's the smart one. Like everywhere else in the country, Indiana once had moderate Republicans in the legislature, and like everywhere else, they have been replaced with pure, 100% distilled essence of GOP wingnut juice.

Montag said...

I wonder if the Grand Dragon of the KKK is still riding around Indianapolis in his white Cadillac with the Klan emblem on the front doors.

Because, damn, it sure sounds like Indiana has been transported back to the `50s.

Anonymous said...

As a Unitarian-Universalist, I am quite sure that UU clergy from North Carolina and all over the US will regard breaking this law as a moral obligation.

I wonder what the GOP response will be... Throw all these uppity ministers in prison, or just try ignore 'em and pretend the law is being obeyed...?

Anonymous said...

Damn that First Amendment.

pansypoo said...

constitution be damned.

feralcrj said...

no clue how much this is gonna cost em when they get smacked later on.

the supremes gave em wiggle room by dumping the vra, but these creeps keep on acting like this is the 20's and this is their last chance to get their hate on for another hundred yrs.