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A Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia has ruled against the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Assocation's ability to determine how their church property is used. Ocean Grove, NJ is a town founded by the Methodist Church. All the property in the town is owned by the church and leased to various members of the congregation.
In 2007 a lesbian couple sued the church when the Association denied their request to use the boardwalk pavillion for a civil union ceremony. The Methodist church does not condone same sex marriages, and a civil union is equivalent to a marriage in New Jersey. The boardwalk pavillion is where they hold Sunday church services in the summer. The state Division on Civil Rights ruled that the church must allow the lesbians to use their facility.
The Association reacted by closing their church to all wedding ceremonies. That is, the "gay rights" buffoons succeeded in putting a Methodist church out of the wedding business.
And now a 3 judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of New Jersey has the right to dictate who has access to the Association's privately owned church facilities. That is, they have refused to consider the church's suit against the state, which leaves the state's civil rights ruling in effect.
Religious freedom has lost to "gay rights".
Private property is no longer truly private.
A church cannot determine who is allowed to use their privately owned facilities. If they perform weddings for members of their congregation, they have to allow anyone, regardless of religious beliefs, to hold their wedding rituals there too. In effect a Catholic church has no ability to turn away Satanic or Santaria cultists who wish to perform their perverted rituals upon the holy alter.
The pursuit of "gay marriage" has succeeded in destroying the foundation of traditional marriage in New Jersey. No religious organization is immune from their depredations now. The only recourse a church has is to follow the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association's lead and go out of the wedding business altogether.
"Gay rights" isn't about tolerance; it's about imposing their perverted worldview on everyone else. And they've succeeded, at least for the moment.
I hope the Camp Meeting Association appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.
And cases like this are exactly why Sonia Sotomayor cannot be alllowed
to join that august body. We all know how that "wise Latina" would rule
— for "gay rights" and against religious freedom and private property
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