Bishop: Church needs valid shield to deny same-sex services

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 4:26 AM

Edward Burns, head of the Juneau diocese, testified that the new policy applies to other favorite Catholic-owned wedding destinations in the state as well and would likely continue unless the legislature passes a marriage solemnization bill.

Bishop: Church needs valid shield to deny same-sex services

A Catholic bishop in Juneau told the House Judiciary Committee that the church reversed a 75-year-old policy of allowing people of other faiths to obtain married in one of its landmark chapels after same-sex marriage became legal.

Edward Burns, head of the Juneau diocese, testified that the new policy applies to other favorite Catholic-owned wedding destinations in the state as well and would likely continue unless the legislature passes a marriage solemnization bill.

The committee heard testimony on Healy Republican Rep. Dave Talerico'south bill Thursday. It exempts clergy from civil or criminal liability for refusing to carry out marriages for same-sex couples.

The U. S. Constitution already provides protections for churches. However, Burns told the committee he believes those protections to be eroding.

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