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Maryland Senator says allowing gays to marry will make it harder to discriminate

Maryland Senator says allowing gays to marry will make it harder to discriminate

Democratic Maryland state Senator C. Anthony Muse says the approval of the state's 'Question 6' will have consequences for those opposed to same sex marriage in that they will be forced to refrain from discriminating against them.

The Senator, who is also Pastor of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro, wrote a column in the Washington Post that passage of Question 6, which would uphold the state’s marriage equality law, would remove the protections of individuals and business owners if their religious beliefs about marriage conflict with the law.

Part of Muse's article states,

"If Question 6 passes, ministries that seek to hold true to traditional religious beliefs may find themselves barred from using public parks, renting government buildings, staffing themselves with like-minded people of faith and bidding on government social services contracts. They may also find themselves required to provide leave and medical benefits contrary to their faith, and they could experience assaults on their tax-exempt status.

"We need to face the facts about Question 6. Before we redefine marriage in Maryland, we must contemplate the conflicts that will result between the government and individuals and religious institutions who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. With all due respect to the religious leaders who claim otherwise, our religious freedom hangs in the balance with Question 6."

His complaint also stated that individuals who decline to assist in the celebration of same sex unions could face lawsuits and fines, as well as infringment on their businesses that. Furthermore  Muse says Question 6 will have detrimental effects on religious organizations that provide medical, education and social services where funding or partial funding comes from federal or state funding sources.

Muse argues that religious beliefs and convictions regarding practices that are contrary to biblical interpretation should provide adequate legal protection for discriminating against same sex couples.

Muse's church has approximately 2,000 members, and has filed bankruptcy twice. The latest filing came in June of 2011.

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
  • Deborah_B

    Barred from using public parks and renting government owned buildings? Why? At least he's being honest about having to comply with the law if religious institutions are accepting government (taxpayer) monies.

  • godlessveteran

    Senator Muse, if your beliefs conflict with non-discrimination laws, then your beliefs are wrong.

    • MrWendell

      Beliefs which do not conflict God's laws but goes against laws which are held to be true by mankind's Governmental law's, do not make them "wrong", only that they will find themselves facing the consequences of not upholding them, like Rosa Parks….., and then, only if He (meaning God) allows those actions against them to take place. Read DANIEL, CHAPTER 3:1-30. In that case, they were promoted.

      • godlessveteran

        "God's laws" have no place in our secular government. Not everyone believes in the same "god", and some find no evidence to believe.

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