The Saskatchewan Party has a dilema, on how to appease the religious right, and how to enforce the civil rights of its citizens. Not an easy task, and yet at the same time, it does show how Religion & Politics mix, when they shouldn’t. The issue here, is about whether or not a marriage commissioner can abstain from marrying a gay couple, on religious grounds.
The Saskatchewan Party government is proposing legislation that would allow the province’s marriage commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
In a news release Friday, the government said the proposed law would ensure there are other marriage commissioners available to fill in if someone refused to perform the service because it violated his or her religious beliefs. ( CBC News )
My problem is this whole issue about whether anyone, has the right to not do the job they are hired to do. I mean the ability to be married, under civil law, now exists across this country. That is a simple fact.
Now, for those who were hired PRIOR to this law being enacted, I can see granting them some form of exemption. I mean when they took the job, marriage was simply between a man & woman. So this change, a rather drastic one ( in some people’s mind), might have prevented them from taking the job in the first place. I don’t think they should lose that job, because of it, and be allowed to continue, as long as someone else is available to perform the ceremony.
To me, that is the fair and just way, to handle that.
HOWEVER, for those who were hired since the same sex marriage law was passed, I don’t believe they should be given any exemption. I mean the requirements of the job are there for everyone to see, to understand. IF, they have religious objections to same sex marriages, they should not have taken on the job.
It really is that simple.
I am constantly amazed at how people suddenly justify their unwillingness to fulfill their obligations, for jobs. I mean when you seek employment, and get hired, you know what the pay is going to be, you are told what is expected of you. So why then, when you get hired, do you object to some of the terms and/or conditions of that employment?
I hate it when people like Teachers, for example, say that if we want our kids to be taught how to read & write, pay them more, is just greed. They knew what the pay was, and teaching kids to read & write is the job. Suddenly it’ll only happen if they get more money? THAT IS BLACKMAIL & EXTORTION. It is also no different with those who take on the job of Marraige Commissioner, knowing that same sex couples have the right to be married under civil law.
Anyone, hired since the law came into effect, should NOT be given any exemption. And that is where Religion is interferring in politics. The Government has a right to protect ALL of it’s citizens. Giving an exemption to those who were already employed is one thing, to extend it to those hired since, is simply giving into religious blackmail.
It is wrong.