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People of faith need equal protection and freedom, too

By Marcus R. Oshiro

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 10, 2013

~~<p>Of the 11 jurisdictions that have legislatively recognized same-sex marriage, only New Hampshire does not specifically exempt facilities held by religious organizations. Legislation passed in all states since 2009 have this exemption explicitly spelled out in their laws.</p>
<p>In fact, enabling legislation since 2009 has evolved to include religious exemptions: (a) for fraternal benefit societies (i.e. Shriners Hospital); (b) for church-controlled organizations (such as St. Francis Healthcare System); and (c) for organizations in education, employment and housing (such as Catholic Charities, Inc.).</p>
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Of the 11 jurisdictions that have legislatively recognized same-sex marriage, only New Hampshire does not specifically exempt facilities held by religious organizations. Legislation passed in all states since 2009 have this exemption explicitly spelled out in their laws.

In fact, enabling legislation since 2009 has evolved to include religious exemptions: (a) for fraternal benefit societies (i.e. Shriners Hospital); (b) for church-controlled organizations (such as St. Francis Healthcare System); and (c) for organizations in education, employment and housing (such as Catholic Charities, Inc.). Login for more...



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