California bill would shield churches from performing gay marriage ceremonies
Our take: A bill making its way through the California Legislature would protect a religion from losing its tax exempt status for refusing to conduct a sex-marriage a concern raised by supporters of Proposition 8. But the bills sponsor acknowledges the proposal, which has passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the Assembly, only implies that religious institutions do not have to rent to same-sex couples seeking to use a church or synagogue for the ceremony, and that the Legislature cannot control the loss of federal funds.
Supporters of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that banned same-sex marriage, said they were concerned that churches would be forced to perform the ceremonies or face losing their nonprofit status.
So far, courts reviewing the measure which since was overturned in February have not latched on to that argument. Now, one of the Legislature's most ardent same-sex marriage backers is trying to make it a moot point.
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