There is a bill (proposed by CA senator Mark Leno) that would protect the rights of the clergy should gay marriage ever become legal in CA.
Basically, if (when?) gay marriage becomes legal this bill would allow for clergy to not be forced to sanction or perform these types of marriages. It reaffirms the right of all clergy to decide which marriage ceremonies they will perform.
Which… just seems silly. Not because clergy should HAVE to marry people no matter what, (they shouldn’t) but because they already have the right/ability to do the picking and choosing.
I got married at one point* and when deciding who was going to do the “honors” I couldn’t just pick up a random priest and make him marry me. Most churches have veto power… and that can be for practically anything… you aren’t a member of their congregation, you haven’t gone though their premarital counseling program, you don’t practice their religion, you don’t have enough cash….
So while I am glad that those crazy liberals are bending over backwards to assure those crazy conservatives that gay marriage is all about PROTECTING rights and not about STEALING them, I am a bit eye-roll-ey about yet another piece of legislation.
The saving grace is that this is a bill that will only be at all useful if (when) gay marriage becomes legal. Which, despite what it feels like sometimes, is the direction we are going. Give it a few more decades (sigh) and we will all be equal.
At least I hope so.
*and then later divorced.