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Today, Gov. Gregoire of Washington state signed into law legislation legalizing same-sex marriages.  This is a huge day for the state of Washington and loving couples and their families.  Hopefully it’s also a sign of more progress to come.

Here in Montana there is still so much work to be done.  However, progress is being made slowly, but surely.

Today, Washington joins six other states and D.C. in recognizing equal marriage.

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      • From The Christian Post 2-14-12.

        The IRS' Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations states, "Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violates the [section 501(c)(3)] prohibition of political campaign activity" and could result in the revocation of the church's or organization's tax-exempt status.

        The guidelines are taken from the 1954 tax amendment passed by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson to restrict churches and religious organizations from becoming politically involved.

        While no participants of the project actually lost their tax-exempt status, several churches have been subject to a possible investigation after preaching the biblical view of government policies and politicians in their churches.

        Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed an IRS complaint against Warroad Community Church in 2008 after Minnesota pastor Gus Booth taught his congregation what the Scripture says about abortion and same-sex marriage and compared those teachings to candidates' positions.

        In 2009, a California-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group filed an IRS complaint against the Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, after it announced it would gather signatures for a voter referendum on the state's same-sex marriage law.

        Today revocation of tax status. Tomorrow jail time.

        • From the Wikipedia:

          Slippery Slope:
          In debate or rhetoric, a slippery slope (also known as thin edge of the wedge, or the camel's nose) is a classic form of argument, arguably an informal fallacy. A slippery slope argument states that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect, much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom.[1] The strength of such an argument depends on the warrant, i.e. whether or not one can demonstrate a process which leads to the significant effect. The fallacious sense of "slippery slope" is often used synonymously with continuum fallacy, in that it ignores the possibility of middle ground and assumes a discrete transition from category A to category B. Modern usage avoids the fallacy by acknowledging the possibility of this middle ground.

          • "B. Modern usage avoids the fallacy by acknowledging the possibility of this middle ground."

            Example perhaps? Late term abortion?

            • I think you need to do some work on the warrant here. How, exactly, does allowing same sex marriage lead to jailing pastors?

              Oh, I know. It doesn't.

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