State-level attempts at religious liberty laws pose difficult questions.
A. Barton Hinkle writes:
Once again Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation to protect religious freedom. Once again, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will veto it. And so the debate goes on.
Supporters of such measures—which, in various forms, are being debated around the country—say they simply want to ensure that government does not force the faithful to violate the dictates of their conscience. Opponents retort that religious-liberty bills grant some people a license to discriminate.
Who is right? Both of them.
Many conservative Christians (and Muslims) sincerely believe gay marriage, among other things, is morally wrong. Forcing them to participate or endorse such practices is an affront to their most deeply held beliefs. So, they argue, they should not have to.
And in fact, some of them don’t. Churches, for instance, are not obliged to host gay weddings and clerics are not obliged to officiate them.