Marvin Olasky this morning:
Was AP coverage [of the New York gay marriage vote] improved by its follow-up report at 9:03 a.m., which stuck on—like a fig leaf—brief sentences by opponents of same-sex marriage? (Maybe someone remembered AP’s ethics code.) Not really, because the story did not even mention the past few days of State Senate negotiations concerning what will become the new battle in New York: What happens to the religious freedom of those who want to uphold biblical standards concerning marriage?
Al Mohler, on Twitter last night:
Also note how many NY senators were willing to sacrifice marriage with flimsy promises of religious liberty protections. Watch carefully.
The New York Times today:
Language that Republican senators inserted into the bill legalizing same-sex marriage provided more expansive protections for religious organizations and helped pull the legislation over the finish line Friday night.
The Republicans who insisted on the provision did not only want religious organizations and affiliated groups to be protected from lawsuits if they refused to provide their buildings or services for same-sex marriage ceremonies, they also wanted them to be spared any penalties by state government. That would mean, for example, a church that declined to accommodate same-sex weddings could not be penalized later with the loss of state aid for the social service programs it administers.
Such language is not unheard of; New Hampshire, which also approved a same-sex marriage bill, included similar protections.
The answer to the question—”what happens to the religious freedom of those who want to uphold biblical standards”—is answered in the text of the bill that passed last night: absolutely nothing.
David Sessions is the founding editor of Patrol. He covers religion for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and is a graduate student in the Draper Program for Humanities and Social Thought at New York University. He can be reached at hdavidsessions at gmail dot com.
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