Saturday, August 1, 2009

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage asks why Human Rights Campaign opposes religious-liberty exemptions

Maggie Gallagher, The Carrie Effect, 61 No. 14 Nat'l Rev. 28 (Aug. 10, 2009):

Maggie Gallagher is president of the National Oranization for Marriage. In this article, she asks:
Why hasn't the Human Rights Campaign stepped forward to endorse more generous religious-liberty exemptions? Why don't they take this argument away from me and my feloow marriage advocates? Why, instead, does HRC president Joe Solmonese - when I asked him on Hardball whether he thought religious groups and people should be punished for failing to accept gay unions as marriages - say, "When religious organizations step in the public sphere, it should not be surprising to people that they are bound to adhere to the laws in the states they are operating in"? ... If the negative effects of gay marriage on religious people and institutions are an unintended consequence, why not step forward with generous conscience protections? And if the legal pressures on religious groups are an intended conseuqence, that's something the American people are entitled to know.

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