About Follow Donate. With New Hampshire considering legislation that would make it the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, could religious individuals and institutions that oppose gay marriage be required to recognize or even solemnize these unions? Although churches and other religious organizations, including charities and schools, have typically been exempt from state and local laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, it remains unclear how these religious institutions might be affected by new laws that require equal treatment for same-sex marriages. Indeed, such concerns prompted New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch D to say he would sign legislation legalizing gay marriage in that state only if lawmakers add provisions giving religious organizations the right not to recognize such marriages.
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All churches are open to the public. That applies to Christian churches, but that also applies to most other houses of worship I can list: Jewish synagogues, Buddhist temples, and Muslim mosques. All churches, and other houses of worship also allow wedding ceremonies as well as other ceremonies on their grounds, and these ceremonies often are officiated over by a member of the clergy for that house of worship. A fee is charged for both the use of the facilities and, usually, for the speaking of the holy words and solemnizing of the marriage.
This paper relates to religion in a very important way. Gay marriage has always been a controversial topic in the United States and still very much is , and the religious part of this lifestyle is still disputable to this very day. While some religions are vehemently opposed to gay marriage, some religions are a little bit more flexible.