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Connecticut Catholic Church Defends Florists

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According to a report in today’s Hartford (Connecticut) Courant (where the Connecticut Supreme Court has recently ruled in favor of same-sex marriages so the General Assembly is putting together the legal framework):

Church: Florists Should Be Allowed To Say No To Gay Weddings
By DANIELA ALTIMARI | The Hartford Courant
March 7, 2009
Concerned that the state’s new same-sex marriage law would infringe on religious liberties, the Connecticut Catholic Conference today proposed some broad exemptions which it believes are necessary to protect those rights.

The law does not require Catholic priests — or any other clergy member — to preside over same-sex weddings.

However, the church is seeking additional exemptions. For instance, it wants to ensure that a florist opposed to gay marriage on religious grounds not be forced to sell flowers to a same-sex couple.

“Same-sex couples have their liberties protected fully. Religious people are wondering ‘how is this going to effect me?”‘ David Reynolds, lobbyist for the Catholic Church, told members of the legislature’s judiciary committee.

Mary Agnes, as a former Roman Catholic priest, I’m only going to explain this to you one time: 1) The term “heterosexual florist” is as oxymoronic as the phrase “heterosexual priest”; 2) Some girls are¬†religious about their floral arrangements, but I don’t think it constitutes a legally recognized religion.

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