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If/when same-sex marriage is legalised, should ALL religious bodies be required by law to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies?

So, some people may know that here in Scotland there has been a public consultation on same-sex marriage (and it's looking extremely promising!). One of the questions in the consultation was as follows:

"Do you agree that religious bodies should not be required to conduct same-sex marriages or civil partnerships if it is against their wishes?"

So what are your thoughts? As an abstract idea, should religion be able to have its own say? In the context of Scotland, should religion have its own say? Bearing in mind that our government is supposed to be separate from church/religion. Why?

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  • Dec 15 2011: I agree with Corvida and it was ludicrous that civil partnerships came in without all the benefits of marriage. I believe that the better action would be to confer all state benefits from marriage onto civil partnerships and eliminate all state recognition of marriage in regards to religious ceremony.

    My first reaction when discussing the nature of marriage with mates in the LGBT community was that they wanted to have the capacity to be married in religious fashion, which the state currently blocks, or they just wanted the equal benefits highlighted above.

    The problem with the consultation is that, in the wake of increasing maginalisation of church dogma towards homosexuality, the religious bodies seem to have taken a very hardline stance which makes the issue appear as though the state is attacking a series of homophobic institutions. Many people are more than happy to cheer on the actions of the state when the religious institutions are looking this bad and kicking up a fuss about something society at large is really progressing with understanding. When it comes to the idea of being forced to perform a ceremony I don't think anyone wants to condone that as an action by the state but at the same time no-one wants to side with a large group of homophobes.

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