Yes, but you have many irrational fears. This is America- the bible is like the #1 selling book- are you serious with this stuff? The bible is a lovely book- the people who use it for hate may be shut down (Westboro and the like) but banning the bible? Come ON. Given the anti muslim sentiment have you seen anyone moving to ban korans? No, and you won't.
But nothing about the actual REALITY of active inequality and discrimination against tax paying Americans is scary. Okay. I don't worry about illigit fears when there are real ones out there to face first.
Ummm...we have a large Catholic population here in Mass. The Catholic church does not perform SS marriages. SS marriages still happen here and the Catholic churches haven't been hurt by this (or any other church that I'm aware of.)
See, this is what will happen if SS marriage is legalized in your state. You get to be married to your husband and your gay neighbor can marry his/her love. People go to work, raise families, buy houses, go on vacation, shop at the grocery store etc. I can assure you that your marriage will be EXACTLY this same as it is today. Your church can marry who they choose to just as they can now. There isn't any concern on hate speech because they don't accept homosexuality. Growing up Catholic, they preached against such things as premarital sex, abortion, a myriad of other things that are legal and no one said they were hateful for preaching against actions of others.
Mom to Elizabeth (5) and Corinne (3)
I second what Kyla said about any pastor here not having to marry anyone if it's against their morals, i.e. marrying a gay couple, but there are plenty of ministers, JP's, etc. who will happily marry a gay couple. And, for what it's worth, many Canadians just don't give a $hit about getting all up in anyone else's business about who they want to marry. As long as the rest of us aren't affected, most people here don't give a crap about whether it's 2 men or 2 women or one of each at the altar. Wish our closest neighbours to the south would just get on with it and have a federal marriage thing like we do. Just about everything is left up to the individual provinces, but the definition of marriage and who fits in that definition is something that's the same coast-to-coast.
No pastor in Canada is required to marry a gay couple if it is against their beliefs. Post #96