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Religious leaders walk a political tightrope

While determined to defeat the measure, they also want protections should it pass

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 04, 2013

~~<p>Religious leaders have met privately with state lawmakers to strengthen a religious exemption in a gay marriage bill, but they do not want to publicly undermine their main objective, which is to somehow persuade the Legislature to reject the bill in special session later this month and put the issue before voters.</p>
<p>The amendments suggested by religious leaders would make it clearer that churches with religious facilities that are not primarily used as for-profit businesses would not have to host gay marriages. The amendments would also expand the protection for churches that only host weddings for members to also include approved guests.</p>
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Religious leaders have met privately with state lawmakers to strengthen a religious exemption in a gay marriage bill, but they do not want to publicly undermine their main objective, which is to somehow persuade the Legislature to reject the bill in special session later this month and put the issue before voters.

The amendments suggested by religious leaders would make it clearer that churches with religious facilities that are not primarily used as for-profit businesses would not have to host gay marriages. The amendments would also expand the protection for churches that only host weddings for members to also include approved guests. CLOSER LOOK Login for more...



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