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Gay marriage bill doesn't do enough to protect religious freedom
Friday's decision to approve legislation allowing same-sex marriage should raise the concerns of religious freedom advocates ("Md. House passes same-sex marriage bill," Feb. 18). While it would be improper for religious organizations to seek to deny basic personal rights to homosexuals, the use of civil unions could enable homosexual couples to achieve this legal parity without stepping on the slippery first amendment slope that the current legislation does. The Obama administration's recent attempt to force religious organizations other than churches to comply with mandates that violate their religious principles illustrates the danger the current same sex marriage legislation poses.
February 21, 2012