Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gay Marriage and Tax Exemption

JAD, I'm not getting what you mean by rules regarding tax-exempt status being unconstitutional. It's already narrowly defined in §501(c)(3) who does and does not qualify. And there's a precedent. According to the Supreme Court (U.S. v. Bob Jones University, 1983), charitable exemptions are justified entirely on the basis that when an organization is given an exemption, that organization is providing a public benefit and that the organization is not "so at odds with the common community conscience as to undermine any public benefit that might otherwise be conferred."

Some people think this was the impetus for the 1978 revelation on the priesthood, and it may someday be the reason we have women bishops and recognized gay marriages.

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