Even as a gay man, I’m torn on the idea of forcing churches with long standing opposition to same sex marriage to perform said marriages or face punitive consequence by the federal government. However, this bill and any similar proposal is a slope that’s far too slippery. Churches and other exempt organization must adhere to the law. For example, a church cannot facilitate slavery, prostitution or child marriage simply because they are biblically referenced.
This is not a bill proposing a specific legal exemption for churches from being required to perform same sex marriages. It serves to allow them and other tax exempt organizations to become powers of political influence while reaping the benefit of exemption from contribution, responsibility, and accountability.