The National Organization of Marriage on Thursday accused Colorado State Sen. Pat Steadman (D), who wrote the Colorado Civil Unions Act, of being contemptuous of religion after Steadman said that Christians who oppose homosexuals should "get thee to a nunnery" (video below).
If signed into law, the Colorado Civil Unions Act would allow gay couples to form civil unions, granting them some of the benefits of opposite sex couples. The Colorado Senate passed the bill by a 21-14 vote last week.
The National Organization for Marriage claims on their website that the bill violates their religious freedom. They claim that wedding planners and other businesses could get jail time for refusing to serve gay people.
According to TheDenverChannel.com, the Colorado Senate has introduced a bill removing unenforced criminal penalties for discrimination in businesses following the passage of a bill legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.
“Don’t claim religion as a reason the law should discriminate,” Steadman said earlier this month. “We have laws against discrimination. Discrimination is banned in employment, and housing, and public accommodations, and so bakeries that serve the public aren’t supposed to look down their noses at one particular class of persons and say ‘we don’t sell cakes to you.’ It’s troubling, this discrimination. And it’s already illegal.”
“So, what to say to those who claim that religion requires them to discriminate? I’ll tell you what I’d say: ‘Get thee to a nunnery!’ And live there then. Go live a monastic life away from modern society, away from people you can’t see as equals to yourself. Away from the stream of commerce where you may have to serve them or employ them or rent banquet halls to them.”
“Go some place and be as judgmental as you like. Go inside your church, establish separate water fountains in there if you want, but don’t claim that free exercise of religion requires the state of Colorado to establish separate water fountains for her citizens. That’s not what we’re doing here.”