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Gay marriage divides religious leaders and organizations

There are 42 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from May 17, 2008, titled Gay marriage divides religious leaders and organizations. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Nowhere is the opinion divide on gay marriage sharper than in the nation's religious communities.

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Marina Del Rey, CA

#42 May 20, 2008
sohapppynotinCA wrote: 5-fAOyP8
will it stop here? Look at the link, who knows????
This is truly the stupidest video i've ever seen... I don't even know why i watched it... but it just goes to show the narrow minded-ness of bigots in this world...
Section 8 LGBT people

Watsonville, CA

#43 Sep 22, 2010
a landlord tried to discriminate against a gay couple based on his religious beliefs citing his fear of religious wrath against him. but a human rights adjudicator found in favor of the gay couple, that the law trumps religion:

to quote:

"Landlord who rejected N.W.T. gay couple due to fear of God must pay $13,000


YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. A landlord in the Northwest Territories who refused
to rent an apartment to a gay couple saying he feared he would suffer
God's wrath if he did has been fined more than $13,000.

Human-rights adjudicator James Posynick this month ordered William
Goertzen of Yellowknife to pay $6,500 each to Scott Robertson and a, ruling
the landlord had discriminated.

Anthony and Robertson filed a complaint in June 2009, saying Goertzen had
discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation. Goertzen
didn't deny the accusation, saying he based his decision on his religious beliefs.

According to the decision, Goertzen had originally agreed to let the two move
into the apartment, receiving a deposit cheque of $1,125, but upon hearing
they were in a long-term same-sex relationship he said he deemed any
agreement void, fearing revenge from "his Lord."

Before the two could appeal Goertzen's decision he had posted a new ad
seeking to rent the apartment.

"Goertzen had no intention of honouring his agreement with the
complainants because he believes that same-sex relationships are 'unnatural
and against nature' and 'the Bible warns against being associated with such
wickedness and there would be undue hardship upon him' if he would let
them live there," said the written decision from the Northwest Territories Human Rights Adjudication Panel.

During the process, Goertzen had referred to "certain excerpts from the King
James Bible ... which suggest that God is strongly against same-sex
relationships," the adjudicator said.

"While I accept his evidence that he believed that he would incur serious
present and future harm if he rented his home to a same-sex couple I found
nothing in the evidence, including in the Bible and Encyclopedia excerpts he
filed, to the effect that he would suffer such harm if he did anything to help,
that is, to accommodate the complainants," Posynick said.

The landlord was ordered to pay the couple $5,000 each "for injury to
dignity, feelings and self-respect" as well as $1,500 for punitive damages. In
addition, Robertson was to receive $400 for lost wages during the time of
the complaint.
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