This last week the Mormon church came out with what they are calling a 'balanced approach' to marriage equality and recent laws being passed across the nation that will refuse public places to discriminate against the LGBT community. conditional support
The Mormon church wants other laws to be passed to also protect religious rights. Well, I have news for them, there are already laws in place, its called the first amendment. Any laws written will only give equal protection to the LGBT community that is already afforded the religious community.
There are no *special* rights being given to anyone, just the same rights that everyone else, including religions, already enjoy. The same day the Mormon church held their press conference, the Utah legislature also introduced HB66 that would allow public officials who have a strong religious objection to marriage equality to refuse to issue marriage licenses. This is what the Mormon church calls a *balanced approach*.
This simply doesn't work. Why not? Because by giving public officials the privilege of claiming strongly held religious objections, then religion will trump law every time, every day....it will put religion ABOVE the law.
Can a person discriminate against a person by denying them housing? No. Oh, wait, unless they have strong religious objections.
Can a person discriminate against a person by denying them the ability to marry? No. Oh, wait, unless they have strong religious objections.
Can a person discriminate against a person by denying them medical help? No. Oh, wait, unless they have strong religious objections.
This always sounds all fine and well, that is until it is turned around. I wonder how these Mormons are going to feel then these *balanced approaches* are turned around on them?
How are the Mormons going to feel when their missionaries are refused haircuts because they aren't considered Christians?
How are the Catholics going to feel when they are denied the privilege of banking at the banks owned by the Jews?
How are the Evangelists going to feel when they are denied access to Indian or Chinese restaurants?
It's all well and good until what you wish for is turned around on you.
Be careful what you wish for, Mormons.