I see this is a human rights and constitutional rights issue regarding the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Free exercise of one's religion must include the right to refrain from doing such things that one perceives to be violations of the dictates of his/her religion. Therefore, I suggest that persons who stand on their religious convictions against participating in gay marriages should have a way to abstain legally as CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS. I would assert that along with making gay marriages legal, decision makers must also respect conscientious objectors' First Amendment rights to abstain from participating on religious grounds without suffering financial persecution.
Governments should issue a process for individuals, religious institutions, and corporations to apply for and be granted the status of "conscientious objectors" who are legally excused from participating in gay marriages. I believe that is the only way to be fair to everyone: gay couples and religious organizations and individuals who work or own businesses related to the marriage industry. There is no law saying "conscientious objectors" status must be reserved for military service. Governments should not legislate morality for people on either side of the gay marriage issue. Please consider this suggestion. Your comments are invited below.
Note: I originally wrote this suggestion at a "World News Daily" article entitled "Christians Facing New Status as 'Hated Minority.'" The government has long given room for people who object to laws on a religious basis to be excused from participating in actions that they consider as being violations of their religious principles. Read a brief history about the "conscientious objectors" status in Wikipedia:
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Paragraph 1 repeated: UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states June 26, engendering outrage, particularly in the Bible Belt. Mississippi threatens to end marriages altogether. Two archived radio shows expose the hypocrisy of so-called Christians who oppose gay marriages but not fornication, adultery, mass incarceration, lynchings, and executions. The "NNIA1" tapes are available at Blogtalkradio for listening any time:
1. "Gay Marriage Hypocrisy"
2. "Gay Marriage Hypocrisy Part 2, Executions http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2015/07/01/gay-marriage-hypocrisy-part-2-executions