The debate over marriage equality has always been a divisive issue.
For many religious institutions which believe that queer sexuality violates God's norms and jeopardizes the family, gay marriage threatens their religious freedom. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, denying access to the protection and status that marriage affords violates their civil rights and excludes them from full participation in society. Here we ask the question: does the struggle for LGBTQ equality threaten religious freedom?
Extremists on both sides often cloud the issue, but many religious institutions find it difficult to balance religious doctrine that on one hand condemns sinful behavior but on the other hand proffers compassion for all humanity. For them the question of LGBTQ rights is difficult. Some organizations strive to reconcile this conflict while others maintain compassion but are unable to condone what they feel is harmful to society. Patheos writers seek the answers.
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