Friday, February 05, 2010

"The REAL Threat to Religious Liberty" ...

... is the title of the just posted to the Prop8 Trial Tracker guest post by the Reverend Lindi Ramsden. It is brilliant ... as is the amicus brief we filed yesterday on the Prop 8 case. ("We" being a coalition including Calfornia Faith for Equality -- an organization I'm proud to serve as a member of their sponsoring committee.)

Read the brief here.
Read Lindi's blog here.

Here's a snippet:

American is not Iran. Our civil law is not supposed to track religious law.Eric Isaacson

[From Lindi] "The brief, written by our wonderful attorney, Eric Isaacson, cites the sobering reality of religiously based homophobia and makes the case that Proposition 8 was used to place anti-gay religious doctrine into our shared civil law – posing a real threat to religious liberty."

[From the brief] -- Allowing same-sex couples the right to marry threatens religious liberty of Catholics no more than does allowing civilly divorced citizens to marry in contravention of Catholic doctrine.

Allowing same-sex couples to marry no more threatens the religious liberty of those who oppose such unions in their churches and synagogues than permitting interfaith marriage threatens religious liberty of synagogues and rabbis who interpret their scripture and tradition to prohibit such unions….

The real threat to religious liberty comes from enforcing as law religious doctrines of society’s most powerful sects, to outlaw marriages that others both recognize and sanctify.

1 comment:

uffda51 said...

A strong brief. Anyone who doubts that religiously based homophobia was behind Prop 8 needs to read this.