February 23, 2009
Charities and Same Sex Unions
An interesting NY Times op-ed piece discussed (only in passing) the obligations charities have to comply with anti-discrimination laws. The writers stated the following:
Further sharpening the conflict is the potential interaction of same-sex marriage with antidiscrimination laws. The First Amendment may make it unlikely that a church, say, would ever be coerced by law into performing same-sex wedding rites in its sanctuary. But religious organizations are also involved in many activities outside the sanctuary. What if a church auxiliary or charity is told it must grant spousal benefits to a secretary who marries her same-sex partner or else face legal penalties for discrimination based on sexual orientation or marital status? What if a faith-based nonprofit is told it will lose its tax-exempt status if it refuses to allow a same-sex wedding on its property?
Hmmmmm. The op-ed piece goes on to state that "cases of this sort are already arising in the courts, and religious organizations that oppose same-sex marriage are alarmed." Where are these cases, about which the writers speak? Has anybody seen a case or are the writers engaging in hyperbole?
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I imagine the authors are referring to the Ocean Grove case, in which the NJ Civil Rights Division found that the org illegally refused to rent their property for a same-sex wedding.
Posted by: jpe | Feb 23, 2009 12:17:23 PM