MN Churches Deciding How To Handle Gay Marriage, Starting Next Week
Minnesota churches are deciding whether or not to perform gay marriage ceremonies with Minnesota’s law about to change.
Gay marriage becomes legal August 1. Religious institutions played a big role in the long, emotional and sometimes contentious debate Minnesotans had leading up to the Legislature’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage earlier this year. While churches are not required to perform same-sex weddings, Minnesota law against discrimination based on sexual orientation does apply to others who might play a role in wedding celebrations.
As we’ve reported before, this means that businesses that historically provide wedding services and goods — like photographers, cake decorators, or wedding planners — can’t deny services to gay and lesbian couples based on sexual orientation.