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February 5, 2010

CA bill would underscore distinction between civil and religious marriage

Our colleague Ruthann Robson at Conlawprof Blog reports on a bill introduced in California that would "divorce religion from marriage under California's statutes."  According to the Bay Area Reporter, the bill seeks to emphasize that faith leaders do not face penalties if they refuse to marry same-sex couples. The legislation also clarifies that any church that does not sanction same-sex marriages would not lose its tax-exempt status. 

Shouldn't all this really be apparent already?  The difference between civil and religious marriage usually seems lost mostly on those who cite religious objections for opposing same-sex marriage.  It remains to be seen whether the bill will do anything to deter the misrepresentations about religion and marriage that opponents of marriage equality steadfastly propound.

-SS

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