Religious Restoration Act is Unnecessary

By Douglas Berger, Co-Chair, Secular Coalition for Ohio

I comment on the March 5 Dispatch article “ Religious-freedom case strikes delicate balance.” One fact that seems to be missing from coverage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is that public-accommodation laws won’t force churches to solemnize same-sex weddings, just as they aren’t forced to solemnize weddings for people of different faiths today.

Marriage is a contract regulated by the state, so a religious solemnization isn’t even required.

Since a “restoration act” isn’t needed to protect churches or the clergy, such laws appear to be bigotry in the guise of “religious freedom.” They are used by people who have businesses that are supposed to be open to the public, but who want to force their beliefs onto others.

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