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Legislators include religious exceptions within New York’s gay marriage bill

New York state’s Marriage Equality Act passed the state’s senate Friday night in a vote of 33-29, making the Empire State the sixth U.S. state or district to legalize same-sex marriage — joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. The bill stalled for much of the week as state lawmakers debated the extent to which religious beliefs on homosexuality should be protected under any new state legislation.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    The so-called “religious exemptions” are entirely unnecessary. Not a single Catholic priest has EVER been “forced” to marrz a non-Catholic OR a divorced person – nor WILL they ever. Likewise, not a single Orthodox Jewish rabbi has EVER been “forced” to marry an inter-faith couple. And not a single clergy from the “Church” of the Aryan Nations has EVER been “forced” to marry an inter-racial couple.

    It,s called freedom of religion folks. Almost ALL of America has had this freedom since the Constitution was written. And NOW, so do gay citizens. And the “religious” haters HATE that.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    the religious exemption is a very good thing and well worded. I remember interviewing a homosexual that said he did not like to have sex with other homosexuals he instead like to trick heterosexuals that is how he got his satisfaction. It would only be a matter of time without this language that churches would run into trouble from homosexuals who would not be satisfied without suing a church for not marring them.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name


    Please explain HOW a gay couple could “sue” a faith like, say, the Catholic Church, for not marrying them when a non-Catholic or a divorced person could not. Or, an inter-faith couple could “sue! the Orthodox Jewish faith for not marrying them. You seem to fervently believe that this could happen, and yet it has not. Because until you can explain this discrepancy, you simply will not be believed.

    P. S. Your “example” has nothing to do with the subject.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ted

    God has the first and final say in this matter. He has already stated plenty of examples in His Word how he does and will deal with this subject. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind what will happen to them eventually when and if they transgress God Word for any reason. We are saved by His grace and the shed blood of the Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus. That doesn’t give us license to continue to sin and take Gods Holy Word lightly. Anyone who gets involved in the same sex marriage issue in a manner that goes against Gods Word, will ultimately be held accountable. We need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. God is not mocked. What ever a man sews, that he shall also reap. God has said so. His Word does not return void. It will accomplish that which it sets out to do. Beware all you who mock God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sheila

    I am against what the law is doing to past a law about same sex-marriage. The Lord has destroyed sodom and gormorrah for this same reason. Not about same sex-marriage but it has gotten to this point.The Lord God Almighty says in his word they have their REWARD.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LAD

    This law is how it should be. We have no right to force beliefs on anyone else. And in New York, it is clearly defined that gays have no right to force their marriage on any church or business entity that doesn’t choose to be involved!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA A.M.

    Taking the homo’s to the limit is not right,fair or just. Heterosexuals never acted like them nor never will. Homo’s make a game out of everything act like they are over grown kids and can do what they want..Well mocking God isn’t a good idea and one I would never want to be part of. Yes the homo’s are people and they need to act like people. Some do act decent but mosts of them are “looney tunes”.This has blown way out of line and needs to stop. Homo’s are no better then anyone else and do not deserve any more then what I have. And New York no less what is the matter with them? Are they nuts or something? I am so sad for the way we have become. Lord I am so sad Forgive us Lord!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Roberto

    All these laws makes will go before god on judgment day !! For you has gone agaist the word of God !! Homosexualitiy is not of god !! Marriage is between a man and a woman.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Isis

    Unnatural behaviors go against the natural laws of the Universe. Humanity, no doubt, will witness the consequences of it actions and will feel the return swing of the pendulum. Nothing goes unanswered!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edna Gagnon

    Laws that are past for the homosexual or gays is wrong. God did not give man permission to bed with males or females to bed with females. Gods laws are in your Bible. Read it and weap!!Gays are Satans Co-horts! They are working to take away all good souls from God. Trust me he is here. Those who don’t believe there is evil in our mitze are lying to themselves. IF things go wrong in your life, you are all being tested to see how you come face to face with your problems. A good percentage blame God. Who is to blame for your woes? You yourself is to blame! Never blame your maker! Your here on Gods behave and no matter how hard things get you are all guided by none other than Our Lord! Why are things going crazy in the world today? God is angry and his anger knows no bounds. You believe in him and your world will be at peace. Marriage is between a man and a woman for procreation. And that’s the way it should be.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Clergy have never been required to marry anyone. This extra piece that has been duct-taped onto the legislation is simply a way to appease people who have no idea what they are actually talking about. But if that does appease them, then the extra bit of work is worth the effort. I have had to tell heterosexual couples that I will not marry them because they were not ready. That would not change with a homosexual couple either. I have been trusted by the state and the congregation I serve with this authority and judgment.

    In Barbara AM’s insulting rant she included, “Homo’s are no better then anyone else and do not deserve any more then what I have.” That is indeed explicitly true. Now the entire population of NY has the same rights; none diminished, and none enhanced.

    As for the rest of the hate-filled raging and thoughtless, careless, and useless postings – anger begets anger, pain begets pain, fear begets fear. Until you lose your anger, pain, and fear you will forever live in your own wasted emotional shell. That is what is truly sad. God wants so much more for all of humanity, hoping we will someday live full lives of love and peace, trusting that is possible. Self-righteous indignation and self-serving ignorance only shows God will be waiting a lot longer.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grannie of 4

    What a confusing and tough issue! The Bible does say that it is wrong for the same sex to lie together…it plainly says it. However, who would choose to be homosexual? Who chooses to be born ugly or fat? Nobody chooses to be born to be castigated by society. And is one sin worse than another? Everyone knows someone who is gay. Do you attack them constantly? A cousin, son, daughter, nephew, brother, sister, a friend you grew up with…do you hate them? You probably make exceptions for that person. It’s all so confusing and sad.It’s a mystery question for God to explain to me someday!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Louise

    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
    King James Version
    Leviticus 18:22Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
    I Corit.11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
    Gen. 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ebonymom

    Hey, I would just like to remind the person who claimed that “almost ALL of America has had this freedom since the constitution was written” that miscegenation (race mixing, cohabitation, sex etc.) laws were not removed from state law until the case of Loving V. Virginia in 1967. Even after this ruling, South Carolina did not officially remove it from their constitution until 1998 and Alabama until 2000. This was in my lifetime and would mean my marriage to my husband would be illegal! There really are no valid comparisons between racial minorities and the gay community! When I walk into a room the FIST thing that people notice about me is that I am black!!! If someone is gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or whatever else-YOU MUST BE TOLD or how would you even know?!!! Ultimately, God will decide what happens, and we as Christians, should remember that we will be judged as we judge!!! Remove the plank from your own eye!!! There are so many other things in this world that need our attention and prayer!! Let these choices be made by the people who want it and focus your energy somewhere else!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Guy

    To the poster that uses the title “your name,” if this law was not needed to protect religions, then why does it bother you? Since, as you claim, it changes nothing, why are you so upset?

    Everything is done in increments…. First, it as to suggest homosexuality is some how “normal” when it isn’t. Then this idea was rammed down people’s throats ad nauseum until it was generally accepted. Then it was to claim homosexuals had a right to have their perversion “legalized” via marriage.

    It would only have been a matter of time before the leftist politicians claimed religions HAD to perform gay ceremonies or lose the ability to use federal money for outreach programs and such. They could also lose their tax exempt status.

    This is already the avenue taken by the left to force religions to accept abortion and the “morning after” pill. They are threatening churches with losing their tax exempt status if their affiliated hospitals don’t offer abortions or the morning after pill. So don’t say it can’t happen if they aren’t protected from the left and homosexual marriage.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Guy


    You’re wrong! Homosexuals have ALWAYS had the EXACT SAME RIGHTS as heterosexuals in this country…. Heterosexuals (aka normal people) have never been allowed to marry anybody else of the same sex either… It was the same for both normal people and gays. So your argument holds no water!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    YN there has already been such a attempt to sue in Jersey over a Christian owned facility.
    Everyone chooses what to do with their sexuality and drives.
    Guy I like your point.

  • Jumari

    I definitely agree with what the bible clearly states in regards to homosexuality.yes this law that has been pass! Doesn’t the bible say give Caesar what is off Caesar, and god what is off God. Definitely jehovahs word will not pass with out results, because he doesn’t lie . This is just the beginning of what’s to come, are you ready for the beginning of the end of days! Next will definitely will be the banned of our faith in ” the bible and the true religion and then destruction to the ones who are causing this unrightiousness . Are you ready for what’s to come… I do say this let the kingdom come! Jehovah is the only one to end this… Bless everyone! Even those that are going through all these trials…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Larry

    America is on the fast track to becoming another soddom. The Government believes they are more powerful than God. Homosexuals are so proud of this but yet they are ashamed to call themselves homosexuals. They are gay. Homosexual marriages is not ok with God. He speaks out against it in Leviticus and Corinthians. Just because the Government ok’s it does not mean God will. So enjoy while you can because come judgement day you will not enjoy your life’s decision. I pray for you all and pray forgiveness for you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    This is so aggravating. We added exceptions to the law to protect Christians from our wickedness and all they do is complain about it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Harry

    Why is it only in the Human family that men want to marry men and women want to Marry women, in the animal kingdom you don’t see two males living with eachother, or two females living together. Maybe a Higher Power is telling us something here, and we refuse to be told what we can or can’t do.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    Harry: “Why is it only in the Human family that men want to marry men and women want to Marry women, in the animal kingdom you don’t see two males living with eachother, or two females living together.”

    Well, I can’t argue with that. You’re right. Animals do not get gay-married.

    They do have same-sex intercourse though. What are the Higher Powers telling us with that?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    @ Mordred we are not animals if you want to use them as a standard good for you just don’t sniff any butts in public.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment althyia371

    Cknuck, contrary to your belief we are animals. We are mammals in the class of primates and the genus of homo sapien. It’s a scientific FACT that the natural world exhibits homosexual tendencies in about 10% of populations, about the same as humans. Humans are different than animals in their capacity to reason. If gay people are denied the right to marry because of a religion that is not reason. It’s out fear and needs to be transcended. Congrats to my gay brothers and sisters! One more step to the rights you deserve.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    I’m well aware we’re not animals, ck. The most aggressive animal in the wild is nicer than most people. They’ll attack me and maybe kill me, but at least they won’t tell me I deserved it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    althya speak for yourself their are much more differences between human and animals as you have sited one. Answer me this, do you know why? If homosexual marriage is permissible then why not multiple parties marriage? Why have marriage at all?

  • http://Itisn'tHolyMarriage Eastpoint

    I don’t agree with allowing marriage between same sex couples. You can call these unions whatever you like but it isn’t what God described. Why not come up with another name for whatever these folks are trying to do. As for the God-fearing public, add this to the list of unGodly acts that you will not participate in. Be friendly but stay out of relationship situations with these couples. A woman cannot force you to call her sir, even if she has transgender surgery, nor can a man. You are whatever God made you even though you die your hair, change eye color,remove your penis, or put the same sex on your arm. It’s kind of like calling a tomato a vegetable even though it’s actually a fruit. Maybe that’s a bad example. Gays probably love that one. tomato:vegetable :: gay couples:marriage A commonly accepted mistake.
    Spend your valuable time praying for God-clarity and appropriate behavior for yourself and others. Love them anyway but don’t encourage the behavior and speak lovingly of the need to change when you have the opportunity.

  • http://freedomofreligion Eastpoint

    This isn’t freedom of religion. This is freedom from religion. There is nothing religious about gay unions. What religion has a tenet that support same sex coupling? Religions are man made so it’s only a matter of time before a cult which support this act becomes accepted as a religion and will give the coupling an appropriate name. God has already coined marriage as being between a man and a woman.

    Those who have faith in God, no matter what your religion, will steer clear of these acknowledging these acts as anything but sinful, no matter how nice the couple is, how hot the sex may be, or how easily some people seem to live this way. Many other sins have the same intrigue.

    Pray. Fortify your mind with the Word. Resist the devil and he will flee! Try it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment althyia371

    You ask why are humans different from animals? I ask why you and many other posters feel why they have the final word on the divine? There are as many perceptions of God as there are people. Insofar as multiple marriages I have no problem if all involved are old enough to consent and the children spawned aren’t raised on my tax dollars. According to the Bible the God of Abraham was cool with it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    Eastpoint: “Those who have faith in God, no matter what your religion, will steer clear of these acknowledging these acts as anything but sinful, no matter how nice the couple is, how hot the sex may be, or how easily some people seem to live this way.”

    Yes please, keep your distance from us. The less we have to listen to you whine, the better.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Clearly

    Being denied your rights guaranteed by the constitution is absolutely wrong! And all of you are absolutely right that God says homosexuality is a sin. My point is until you are ready to take away t basic human rights of every category of sinner (ie: liars, those who do not honor their father & mother, murderers, adulterers, those who use the Lords name in vain or don’t keep the sabbath holy to name a few) then you cannot justify denying homosexuals their RIGHT to marry!! Your argument isn’t valid when you chose to discriminate against one group!? God calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves…He didnt include “unless they’re gay” in that scripture!! God is our judge…quit condemning people & begin showing them how God would treat them. I’ll worry about my salvation & you worry about yours…you just as much of a sinner as I!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment usworker

    Neit! No! .. to religious ‘gay’ weddings … against gay ‘broom jumping’ in any form and believe we as a nation will ultimately suffer the consequences …

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sandy

    Same sex marriage is against all that is of God our Father. He can love the sinner, but not the sin. Marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman. Read God’s Word. People wake up before it’s too late. God is taking His Hand off America. We are failing Him.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    @ Grannie of 4, who said: ”
    The Bible does say that it is wrong for the same sex to lie together…it plainly says it.”

    Actually, it says it is wrong for men to lie with men “AS WITH WOMEN” (why do selective fundaMENTALists always forget that part?). The only men that lie with women are heterosexuals, and this is clearly God’s admonition for them not to lie with men that way – namely, as objects. (That’s how they lay with women back then in the Bronze Age. Women were property and not much else.) And that really would be an abomination – to treat another human (well, male human) that way.


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