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Guardians of the faith

Opponents of same-sex marriage bill fear that exemptions to protect religious freedom are too weak to be effective

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 20, 2013

~~<p>The debate over legalizing same-sex marriage is a noisy one and involves many voices expressing a range of emotions. But the hard-nosed legal argument boils down to this: Where is the balance between the competing claims of religious freedom and equal treatment?</p>
<p>The answer to this question of balance is elusive, say the experts who track such things. Tension between competing rights is a running theme in most constitutional battles.</p>
~~

The debate over legalizing same-sex marriage is a noisy one and involves many voices expressing a range of emotions. But the hard-nosed legal argument boils down to this: Where is the balance between the competing claims of religious freedom and equal treatment?

The answer to this question of balance is elusive, say the experts who track such things. Tension between competing rights is a running theme in most constitutional battles. Login for more...



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