The recent passage of legislature in Washington state for same sex marriages has brought an interesting issue to mind- well, at least my mind. Why are religious organizations such as churches, Christian schools, etc… exempt from the law and individuals are not? Â
According to the papers I read, a church board of elders, for example,Â does not have to hire someone who is a lesbian or gay man to fill a needed area of service or ministry. Yet a wedding planner or private photographer does not have the option of bowing out of a request for their services.
Does that make any sense to you? WhenÂ I last read the constitution and the bill of rights, it was the individual who was given the freedomÂ of Â life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
And are these exempt institutionsÂ not simply the conglomeration of free individuals who have come together for the purpose of doing business or working on a common purpose? Â
When I was a manager in laboratory medicine, I allowed my phlebotomists (blood drawers) to bow out in drawing HIV individuals according to their personal choice. How could I force a worker making $8.23 an hour to put their life on the line just because two men wanted to have sex with eachother?