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Gay Marriage: Conflict Between Equal Rights and Religious Freedom?

Gay Marriage: Conflict Between Equal Rights and Religious Freedom?

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As of 5pm tonight, gay couples in California will be able to get married under state law. And people are lined up say, "I do." Of course, it's not an issue that's without debate. At least one county in California has suspended all weddings. And even beyond California there is a fundamental split between two traditionally American rights: equality and freedom of religion. Proponents of gay marriage argue that this is a clear-cut case of equal rights... While many churches, mosques, and temples make an equally vociferous argument that the government should not be allowed to force them to marry gay couples. California is only the second state, after Massachusetts, to legalize gay marriage, but this is a debate that's likely to reach into every state in the country. From where you sit, do you see a conflict between religious freedom and equal rights?

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