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February 19, 2014

Feb. 19, 2014: Letters to the editor

Throw the first stone if you’re without sin

Across America, you can apply for a driver’s license, auto title, motorcycle title, a birth certificate, Social Security, a job, Medicare, Medicaid, electrician’s license, general contractor’s license, fishing license, hunting license, law license, medical license, financial aid, voter’s card and incorporation.

None of these has a question on the application requiring you to say if you’re religious.

The religious right is asking the state to consider religious compliance before one legal document in Indiana can be issued, something we are not afraid of except that it would be a slippery slope with further mixing of state and religion. Something our ancestors left Europe to get away from.

A legal agreement to live together and share assets — a legal union — should be just that: a legal agreement. It is not the state’s place to require the participants to a legal agreement to be a certain religion or follow the rules of any religion at all.

Just as people are allowed to enter into other legal agreements, people should be able to enter into a marriage or a civil union without the state putting on religious restrictions.

If parties, gay or not, to a civil union decide to have a religious ceremony, then get married in a church that will allow your ceremony. Because of religious issues, a church might choose to not perform the service. Fine, that’s their option. Find another church.

If the state adopted a religious policy based on the Bible and denied licenses to all sinners, not only would gays be shut out, so would half of the population. Separation of church and state works and shouldn’t be tampered with. It’s a slippery slope that would take us back to the Dark Ages, where the church controlled government.

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