MN Churches Deciding How To Handle Gay Marriage, Starting Next Week

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 6:58 am

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.

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