You remember all that talk about how legalizing gay marriage wouldn’t require priests, ministers, or rabbis to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in violation of their religious beliefs. There wasn’t going to be any slippery slope, or so we were told.
Two ministers in Idaho are facing up to 6 months in jail and up to $1000 in fines for each day that they continue to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding that a gay couple requested last Friday.
… with the First Amendment. A group of Christian ministers is suing the Houston city government over a so-called “human rights” ordinance. The Houston Chronicle reports that
[c]ity attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case’s discovery phase, seeking, among other communications, “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”
Glenn Reynolds notes that they wouldn’t do that if they feared beheading.
If I were subject to such a subpoena, I would file to have it quashed as the Houston preachers have. If I had to respond to the subpoena, I would probably have to provide my copies of the Bible because of passages such as Leviticus 20:13 or Romans 1:26 … 32. I’d also have to turn in my copy of the Quran because of passages such as 7:80 … 84 which refers to the Biblical story of Sodom and cites homosexuality as a graver sin than adultery.
My friend Ali Akbar writes about the experience of forgiving.
Read the whole thing.