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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 16 2011: I am a Christian and I don't agree with gay marriage, however I believe that government shouldn't be based upon religion, and therefore I don't have an opinion on whether or not it should be legal, however I think that the specific church/temple/mosque or what have you should have the decision not to marry homosexuals. I say this because if the church (broad term) disagrees with gay marriage they should not be forced to perform it. My church doesn't allow couples who are living together to get married in our church with our pastor. That's their rule, and they shouldn't be forced to change their views. You can always find another church, maybe even within the same religion, that would perform the marriage. I can't speak for Scotland however specifically, since I live in the United States.

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