Within the next few months, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely rule that same-sex marriage is mandated by the Constitution of the United States. The ruling will offend both common sense and Constitutional law. But it will nonetheless become the law of the land. With it, states will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages; same-sex marriage will enter the public school lexicon; religious institutions will be forced to recognize same-sex marriages or lose their tax-exempt status. Religious Americans will be forced into violating their beliefs or facing legal consequences by the government. The First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty will largely become...
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The solution is just the opposite of what Ben recommends: deny clergy the right to create civil marriages. Because "marriage" in the Church and "marriage" to the state are two different institutions that should be treated differently. Everyone knows that a Catholic can be married by the state, but not married in the Church's eyes, and divorced by the state and still married in the Church's eyes. Let the State define marriage any way it wants, and the Church define it the way they want. What's wrong with that?
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