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New Hampshire became the sixth state to let gay couples wed. The new law was approved after revisions exempted members of the clergy from having to perform same-sex weddings and religious groups and their employees from have to participate in such ceremonies. Polls say regular churchgoers are more likely to support gay marriage with these ‘religious reassurances.’
Is this a good solution to the divisive issue of gay marriage?
It is probably a necessary sop thrown to the ongoing prejudice of homophobia. It is also meaningless. No clergy person now is required to perform any wedding that he or she does not choose to perform and those businesses that do not want to take “gay” dollars are few and far between. There are plenty of vendors available for these weddings, so I see this as of no great significance. In 25 years we will be embarrassed that we had to jump through these hoops to bring justice to our world for gay and lesbian couples. If this is the battle line on which religious sensitivities are served, then let us face the fact so clear and so obvious, that the battle for equality in marriage is over and only some mopping up is required.