In recent years and mostly sincewhen the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, numerous states have considered and at least eight US states have enacted new laws that permit people to infringe on the rights of LGBT individuals and their families to the extent they believe that discriminating against them is necessary to uphold their own religious or moral beliefs. All major Islamic schools disapprove of homosexuality,  Islam views same-sex desires as an unnatural temptation; and sexual relations are seen as a transgression of the natural role and aim of sexual activity. United Church of Canada. Archived copy as title All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from April Articles with limited geographic scope from January All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from January Articles with unsourced statements from December Articles to be expanded from January All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes. Nowhere has this conflict been more salient than in the debate between claims of religious freedom, on one hand, and equal rights claims made on the behalf of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT community, on the other. Compassionate openness or self-centered moral rigorism? The issue is so divisive even voices inside the Vatican have sought to challenge the status quo .
Following the debate concerning gay marriage from its beginning in the s until the ongoing cases about freedom of religion, this thesis shows how there has been three major shifts in the use of religion in the rhetoric.
Religious views on same-sex marriage
Orthodox Judaism maintains the traditional Jewish bans on both sexual acts and marriage amongst members of the same sex. American Association of Christian Counselors. Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon opposed homosexuality and compared gay people to "dirty dung-eating dogs". Inthe couple had applied to an agency in Texas, which responded in an email that they would not work with them and that the couple was not a good fit for the agency. Additionally, "The Story of the Prohibition of the Ordination of Pandaka" justifies the ban by giving an example of a monk with an insatiable desire to be sexually penetrated by men, thus bringing shame upon the Buddhist community.
Archived from the original on 17 July Text online Archived 13 March at the Wayback Machine. State University of New York. Religion and LGBT people. Supporting same-sex marriage reflects their Christ-like commitment to the equality and dignity of all people. The UN Human Rights Committee has clarified that the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion does not protect religiously motivated discrimination against women, or racial and religious minorities.