An Atheist Perspective on New Gay Rights Laws

Same sex marriage became legal in New York on July 24 there for gay priests with partners are heading to the altar. They have to. For example, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island set a nine-month deadline for them to marry or stop living together. He also expects gay clergy in committed relationships to wed due courses. What I find interesting is that, although a time frame is in place for gays to get married, the bishop is also saying that his diocese are off limits for gay weddings until he receives a clearer liturgical guidance from the national denomination.

It seems that regardless of what a state does to appease its population, the church will continually try to keep some sort of control by setting up rules and guidelines for their followers. The question is, will people listen? What is religion doing to these gay couples that are THRILLED to finally share their lives?

It seems the bishop is saying, Its OK for gays to get married, JUST NOT HERE!

Thoughts?

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Comment by Atheist Andrea on August 26, 2011 at 7:46pm
I'm not shocked at all. The vatican is as stubborn as can be even though many of them would like to marry their male partners. The bible once again represses them from ever experiencing love like everyone else. It is just so disturbing that one of the greatest joys in life- committing your life to someone you love- is considered disobeying the church and warrants being thrown to the wolves.
Comment by Steph S. on August 26, 2011 at 6:14pm
I think that people should be able to marry whomever they want.  I think gay marriage should be legal everywhere.  But, I don't think all of the churches will go along with it.  However, some of the more liberal religions actually accept gays.

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