In response to the article “House OKs letting clergy refuse to marry gay couples” (The Daily News, May 22): This story messes with my head. Do we really have separation of church and state, or is that separation only at the convenience of the state?

Why doesn’t the Texas House stay out of it?

Carla Stinson

Friendswood

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(6) comments

Carlos Ponce

First "Separation of Church and state " appears nowhere in the United States Constitution. The Bill of Rights only prevents the United States from recognizing a specific religion as THE religion of this country. This is called the "Establishment Clause". There is also the "Free Exercise Clause" which means you may practice your religion without government interference which this law affirms. Second, the Texas Constitution provides:"No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship."Article I, section 6.This law does precisely that. GOD BLESS TEXAS!

Lars Faltskog

BUDDAH Bless Texas!

Carlos Ponce

Buddah never heard of Texas. On the other hand if you had posted SVERIGE Bless Texas.......[beam]

Matt Coulson

Budda is dead

Kevin Lang

The ridiculous thing here is that the clergy is NOT an agent of the state. The clergy can marry whomever they want within the rules of their church. Catholic clergy do not have to marry Protestants, nor do they have to marry mixed couples of Catholic and another religion. LDS clergy cannot do polygamous marriages because the government will not recognize them, and, in many jurisdictions, clergy cannot marry gay couples, also because the government won't recognize them. If gay marriage does become allowable at the national level, there is nothing in the constitution or anything else that says the clergy have to marry whomever the government endorses. Courthouses are a different matter--they are bound to the laws of the land.

As for the separation of church and state, well, that's an antiquated notion that our ancestors believed for generations. Today's generations don't feel that's a reasonable approach. I'm not sure which translation of the Bible is the new law of the land, but I'm sure they'll hash it out sometime. Not a Christian? That's too bad. Live it, you'll learn to love it. You've never really lived unless you've lived without religious freedom. In fact, for everything, you just need to learn to live without. People are so spoiled.... After all, having religion be the law of the land works really well in Iran.

Or, at least, that's the impression I get.

Paula Flinn

To answer your question: "Why doesn’t the Texas House stay out of it?"

Because the Texas House would rather be "in YOUR business" than to "get down to THEIR business." [beam]

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