Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A common-sense approach to Religious vs. Gay Rights

Recently I posted an item about the U.K. Muslim 'police officer' (I said 'cop' and was corrected by someone). The same person took objection to my pointing this out unfairly, saying it wasn't about religion, it was about this 'officer's' safety and that of his family. I disagreed and still do.

But here is another article that shows that 'religious' commissioners of oath have no choice at present as to whether or not to marry gay couples. In the article is suggested an alternative that may well work.

However, what is important is the statement that basically says, "a commissioner is not a religious worker, it's a government-type and people in it need to do what is required of the job". Similarly, I argue with respect to the earlier post on the U.K. police officer -- it is not a religious job. We need to be equitable across the board, and the pond.

Lorne Gunter: Protecting gay rights and religious freedoms | Full Comment | National Post

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