“We have long had a tradition from the beginning of this country of respecting religious liberty and accommodating and respecting the good-faith religious views of our citizens [….] it is only the intolerance of the current day of the far-left that views with which they disagree — the far-left is such a radical proponent of gay marriage that anyone whose faith teaches to the contrary, anyone whose faith teaches that marriage is a sacrament of one man and one woman, a holy union before God, the far-left views that religious view as unacceptable and they’re trying to use the machinery of the law to crush those religious views. And I think it is wrong, I think it is intolerant, and I think it is entirely inconsistent with who we are as a people.”
So…..because the dominant religious faith says that something is wrong…based on something they believe in, intolerance only exists on one side of the argument. And while proclaiming that ‘special rights’ must be avoided at all costs, we should carve out ‘special rights’ for a privileged segment of society…based on something they believe. Yep….sounds like religious liberty to me. /sarc
This calls for a compromise. Those opposed to gay marriage can refuse service to anyone they deem participating in such a civil ceremony….and those who engage in such can themselves be refused service by others. In return, the civil right that the party of the first part are privileged to engage in…..is extended without opposition to all American citizens.