Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Push for gay marriage by major religious groups gets little attention

By Samuel G. Freedman

From the moment the Supreme Court ruled last month in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, opponents placed the decision in a very specific analytical frame. Here, they contended, was an egregious example of secular culture triumphing over religious values and religious freedom. Yet the discussion of secularism versus religion is incomplete. In that regard, one of the most significant amicus briefs in the Supreme Court case was filed in support of marriage equality on behalf of nearly 2,000 clergy members, theological seminaries and denominational officials, including Episcopalian, Reform and Conservative Jewish, American Baptist, Buddhist and Unitarian Universalist. [link]