Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty

"Given the state's size and influence, New York’s legislation will surely be a baseline for any state that recognizes same-sex marriage through legislation going forward. The wrangling over ... religious protections is evidence of just how important they are. Without such protections, groups that hew to their religious beliefs about marriage would be at risk of losing government contracts and benefits and would be subject to lawsuits from private citizens. ... If New York's law stands for anything, it is that legislatures can advance one civil right without simultaneously eroding another." – Robin Fretwell Wilson, The New York Times (Opinion)

24 July 2011.  Liberty's loss: Same-sex marriage in New York threatens rights of those who oppose it.  (Tim Dalrymple, World Magazine

20 July 2011.  Religious exemption for gay marriage should extend to lay people.  (William Donohue, Spero News)

14 July 2011.  Charities become collateral damage in debate over marriage.  (Heritage Foundation Culture Watch, The Moral Liberal)

13 July 2011.  The intellectual facade of the case to redefine marriage.  (Jim Campbell, The Christian Post)

11 July 2011.  Crushing venerable adoption agencies - and religious liberty.  (Chuck Donovan, The Foundry)

10 July 2011.  Editorial: Same-sex marriage and the peril of religious exemptions. (Deseret News)

10 July 2011.  New York gears up for same-sex weddings.  (Cathy Lynn Grossman, Tuscon Citizen.com

6 July 2011. Religious liberty and SSM in New York. (Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice)

2 July 2011.  New York's approval of same-sex marriage spurs opponents for new fights. (Erik Eckholm and Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times)

2 July 2011.  Rhode Island governor signs gay civil union law despite doubts about religious exemptions. (Zach Howard, Chicago Tribune)

1 July 2011.  Should the marriage battleground shift to religious freedom? (Bobby Ross Jr., Christianity Today)

29 June 2011.  Are religion and marriage indivisible?  Protecting religious liberty.  (Robin Fretwell Wilson, New York Times)

28 June 2011.  Rhode Island civil union bill is flawed, discriminatory. (Tony Wagner,HRC Back Story)

28 June 2011.  USA Today surveys religious liberty consequences of NY SSM. (National Organization for Marriage blog)

27 June 2011.  Religious groups worry about exemptions same-sex marriage law.  (Arun Venugopal, WYNC News)

27 June 2011.  Q&A with ADF:  What the religious exemptions in N.Y.'s 'gay marriage' law do and don't cover.  (Michael Foust, Baptist Press)

27 June 2011.  US lesbian child custody fight becomes battle over God's law vs. man's.  (Associated Press, Washington Post)

24 June 2011.  New York legalizes same-sex marriage in win for gay rights activists. (Sandhya Somashekhar, The Washington Post)

22 June 2011.  Same-sex marriage opponents mull legal, political challenges if bill passes. (Ailsa Chang, WNYC Blog)

22 June 2011.  Demonstrators fill Albany courthouse as gay marriage battle continues. (CNN)

22 June 2011.  New York must provide robust protections for religious liberty. (Neal Diamant, The Washington Post)

22 June 2011. GOP senators key to meet privately. (Associated Press/Michael Virtanen, Wall Street Journal)

22 June 2011. Respect religious convictions in gay marriage debates. (Jason Poling, The Washinton Post)

22 June 2011.  Gay marrige the new red menace, according to New York archbishop. (Susan Jacoby, The Washington Post)

21 June 2011.  Advocates grow weary as same-sex marriage bill remains in limbo.  (Ailsa Chang, WNYC Blog)

16 June 2011. Republicans urge Cuomo to alter same-sex marriage bill. (Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim, New York Times)

16 June 2011. Religious liberty expert: Cuomo marriage bill fails — inexplicitly — to protect ordinary religious individuals. (Robin Fretwell Wilson, New York Sun)

15 June 2011.  New York State Assembly approves same-sex marriage. (CNN)