Will same-sex marriage have impact on faith-based organisations?

Labour MP Louisa Wall is trying to argue that churches will not be impacted by her same-sex marriage amendment. She is completely wrong.  Just look across the world at international experience on this issue.

Here is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’:

Canadian Court: Marriage officials must marry homosexuals”
January 10, 2011 “The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal declared this morning that proposed legislative amendments that would have allowed Saskatchewan’s marriage commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ on religious grounds are unconstitutional.”

“Army: court-martial Chaplains for ‘religious, conscience’ objection to homosexuality”
March 24, 2011 “The U.S. Army has officially threatened military chaplains they must either embrace the new openly homosexual military, resign from service, or face court-martial for their ‘religious, conscience’ objections.”

“Christian Marriage Conference in UK Banned for Opposition to Gay Marriage”
May 14, 2012 “The organizers of a marriage conference in Britain have been told they can no longer hold the event on their regular hired premises because they support the biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.”

“14-year-old homeschooled girl receives death threats for defending marriage”
February 22, 2012 “A 14-year-old homeschooler who testified before the Maryland state senate against a bill redefining marriage has been the subject of cyberbullying, vicious name-calling, and death threats.”

UK Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples”
PinkNews, September 2, 2011

“MPs vote to stop civil servants refusing to carry out gay weddings”
November 15, 2011Dutch MPs voted on Tuesday afternoon for a change in the law to prevent civil servants refusing to conduct gay marriages.”

“Gay rights activist calls for boycott of Salvation Army Christmas fundraiser”
November 28, 2011 “Gay rights activists who object to the Salvation Army’s biblical stance on homosexuality are launching their annual call to shut down the organization’s Christmas fundraiser.”

“A New Jersey judge ruled against a Christian retreat house that refused to allow a same-sex civil union ceremony to be conducted on its premises, ruling the Constitution allows ‘some intrusion into religious freedom to balance other important societal goals’.”
January 12, 2012

Amsterdam chief rabbi suspended for gay stance”
January 18, 2012 “The Orthodox Jewish community of Amsterdam suspended its US-born chief rabbi on Tuesday for cosigning a declaration which said homosexuality was a ‘treatable’ inclination.”

“Attorney Says School Threatened, Punished Boy Who Opposed Gay Adoption”
January 24, 2012 “A 15-year-old Wisconsin boy who wrote an op-ed opposing gay adoptions was censored, threatened with suspension and called ignorant by the superintendent of the Shawano School District, according to an attorney representing the child.”

“Criticize homosexuality in Sweden and go to jail: No problem for European rights court”
February 17, 2012 “Anyone challenging the homosexualist agenda in public in Sweden can be sent to prison, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that this does not constitute any violation of rights. In 2004, the Swedish government charged a group of pamphleteers with ‘agitation against a national or ethnic group,’ a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.”

Brazilian government demands apology from televangelist for ‘homophobia’”
February 21, 2012 “A Brazilian federal prosecutor is demanding that a televangelist retract certain statements he made in 2011 which the prosecutor says incited ‘hatred’ against homosexuals – a thinly veiled threat of future legal action.”

“Stop Catholic schools from distributing ‘homophobic’ literature: leader of UK’s largest union”
February 27, 2012

“Christian vendor blocked from campus”
March 3, 2012 “Under mounting pressure from pro-‘gay’ activists, the student government at a university in Boston voted down a proposal to bring a Chick-fil-A franchise on campus because the company supports the traditional view of marriage.”

“Christians Who Signed Petitions Investigated”
March 10, 2012 “A prosecutor has decided to pursue and possibly charge members of El Paso area churches who promoted petitions opposing the city administration’s decision to implement benefits for same-sex partners even after voters decided not to allow that.”

“ABC presenter stood down for voicing Katter ad”
Brisbane Times, March 12, 2012 “An ABC radio presenter has been taken off the air after it was revealed she was the voice behind a controversial anti gay marriage television commercial produced for Katter’s Australian Party.”

“Christian minister accused of ‘crime against humanity’ for homosexuality stance”
March 15, 2012 “Two years ago, Scott Lively, author of ‘The Pink Swastika’, addressed members of the Ugandan Parliament, which was considering a bill criminalizing homosexuality. Lively urged an emphasis on therapy rather than punishment, and, after the bill was released he opposed the death penalty provision. Now, on March 14th a lawsuit was filed in an American court alleging that Lively committed the ‘Crime Against Humanity’ by speaking against homosexuality in Uganda.”

“Liberal outrage in Spain: Homosexual groups seek prosecution of bishop over sermon on homosexuality”
April 18, 2012 “Homosexual groups are seeking the prosecution of a Spanish bishop after he gave a sermon repeating the Catholic Church’s teaching.”

Kansas law would force churches to host same-sex ‘weddings,’ receptions”
April 24, 2012 “A proposed ordinance in one of the nation’s most conservative states would force churches to rent their property out for same-sex ‘weddings’ and receptions. It would also force any public venue to allow people to use showers, restrooms, and locker-rooms based on their ‘gender identity,’ rather than their ‘sex at birth’.”

Nebraska football coach: I’d rather be fired than retract homosexuality remarks”
May 3, 2012 “University of Nebraska’s assistant football coach, Ron Brown, who is facing censure and calls for his dismissal for publicly expressing his biblically-based views against the homosexual lifestyle, has stated that he’d rather be fired than retract his comments.”

“UK Catholic Schools Warned of Breaking Law in Opposing Gay Marriage”
May 9, 2012 “The government of Wales is moving against Catholic schools that are organizing students to protest a new government plan to back gay marriage in that country.”

California Considers Legislation Making it a Crime to Counsel Children Not to Be Homosexual”
May 9, 2012 “California Senate Bill 1172 would make it illegal for therapists, psychologists, counselors and parents to engage in any kind of ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ against children 18 and younger. Violators could be subject to arrest, fines, possible jail time.”

Victorian psychiatrist questioned over his stance on gay marriage”
AAP, May 13, 2012 “A psychiatrist lobbying against same-sex marriage must explain why he should retain his role on the board of the state’s equal opportunity agency, critics say.”  He dared to say marriage was between a man and a woman, and children deserve to be raised by their own biological mother and father.

HAT TIP: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/05/15/homosexual-marriage-everything-will-change/

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