Americans United comes down on the wrong side of the decision favoring gay marriage in California. Says Barry Lynn:
“The court also made it clear that no congregation can be forced to marry people in violation of their theological standards,” Lynn continued. “That’s a strong reaffirmation of religious liberty.”
Will churches be able to fire employees who get “married” under this definition? This is something that Americans United doesn’t address–perhaps because it is an area where they have failed to protect religious rights. They opposed Catholic Charities when it wanted an exemption from California law requiring contraceptive coverage. They haven’t defended Catholic Charities on the issues of gay adoptions or gay employees. They denied the right of freedom of conscience to pharmacists.
Americans United is no longer a religious liberty organization–it is an organization with a liberal agenda. So we can expect them to argue against religious organizations who refuse to recognize the “gay marriages” of their employees.