R-74 would conflict with personal beliefs

OlympiaNovember 1, 2012 

Redefining marriage is not about “live and let live.” It would profoundly affect those whose religious beliefs conflict with the new definition, as it has done elsewhere.

Second-grade children were taught about gay marriage in Massachusetts public schools, and courts ruled that parents had no right to opt out of such instruction. Referendum 74 doesn’t protect the rights of parents, business owners or professionally licensed people with strong religious beliefs. A counselor would risk her license if she refused marriage therapy to same-sex couples based on her beliefs. Clergy are not the only ones who need religious freedom.

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