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Old 27 Jan 2018, 05:31 AM   #683199 / #1
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Default Missouri Bill - Only Religious Weddings to be Considered "Marriage"

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More from the Christian Taliban.

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Non-religious need not apply: A new bill in Missouri would redefine any marriage that take place outside of a church as a “domestic union.”

House Bill 1424, introduced by State Rep. T.J. Berry, a Republican lawmaker and ordained church deacon, would essentially restrict all marriage to people of faith by redefining any marriage not solemnized inside a church as a “domestic union.”

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The bill would define marriage as being a union that takes place only in religious institutions.

Any marriages that were to take place outside of the church, for example in a registry office, would only be recognised as “domestic unions.”

Sponsors of the bill say that the change in definition would work to protect churches and businesses against “gay encroachment.”

David McAfee, writing for Friendly Atheist, spoke with Rep. Berry, a member and deacon at First Baptist Church of Kearney, Missouri. Berry admits that his bill was an attempt to redefine marriage in favor of churches, noting:

If someone wants to go through a religious ceremony they may go to the church that they feel comfortable with. If a couple wants to receive government benefits they would get a civil document from the government.

Supporters of the bill claim the new law redefining marriage would act as “a remedy to controversies across the country involving government employees who object to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons.”
Meant to discriminate against both LGBT and non-religious. Maybe we need to get ordained in the FSM church?
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Old 27 Jan 2018, 06:40 AM   #683200 / #2
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The bill looks a tad unconstitutional to me. Marriage is ensconced in secular law, is it not? Can't discriminate on account of religion.
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Old 27 Jan 2018, 06:54 PM   #683215 / #3
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Yep. Those gay marriages will have to be held in gay churches.

Boy will they miss the fun, huh?

Will somebody let the vicar out of the closet, please?
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Old 27 Jan 2018, 08:15 PM   #683217 / #4
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Turns out the bill contravenes the Equal Protection Clause contained in the 14th Amendment. If it passes, it won't be on Missouri's statute books for long. The Supreme Court will knock it out despite the fact that the judges' panel is stacked.
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I'm sure the first federal court will throw it out, the appeals courts will agree and the SC probably won't even agree to hear it if the state appeals.
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This seems like an odd strategy to me, but maybe it makes more sense in Missouri? I've known I think 10 married gay couples well, and of those, only 2 were married in a civil ceremony, the others either handfasted or found a friendly church. Most people actually like the pomp and circumstance of a religious ritual, even if they aren't all that religious personally.
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If they can find a Unitarian church they can have a non-religious Church wedding gay, straight, atheist, whatever. Or if there are any actual FSM churches/temples/whatever out there.
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This seems like an odd strategy to me, but maybe it makes more sense in Missouri? I've known I think 10 married gay couples well, and of those, only 2 were married in a civil ceremony, the others either handfasted or found a friendly church. Most people actually like the pomp and circumstance of a religious ritual, even if they aren't all that religious personally.
My experience as well. The religion was not Christian fundamentalist, but there was distinctly religion present and consciously involved.

I, myself, am a minister of the Universal Life Church. The 'church' and 'religion' bars are low ones.

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Yes, if passed, it WILL be declared null and void by the federal courts as unconstitutional.
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The Church of Satan wedding chapel is going to get a lot of business.
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