Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Move along, move along...

...no slippery slope here!

Church group sues over same-sex civil union ceremony

Weren't we told over and over again that gay couples didn't want to force the Church to change, they just wanted the right to their civil unions?

Well, not anymore-

The couple, Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster of Ocean Grove, applied in March to rent the pavilion for a Sept. 30 ceremony.

After their application was rejected and their $75 deposit returned, the couple said they contacted the association's president, who told them the facility could not be used for civil union ceremonies.

The couple filed a complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, saying the rejection was a violation of the state's law against discrimination. They asked the division to require the association to allow the ceremony to take place.

So now we're to having the government step in and requiring a Church to allow a same sex civil union ceremony to take place on it's property. The Church in question is suing and it'll be interesting to see where this one goes.

Does renting it out to other groups constitute a 'limited public forum'? If so, then they might have a problem. I don't know how those rules apply to private property...I do know that it would be the case for a public setting like a school.

I'll be watching this one with much interest!



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