This past week HB 2025 passed in the Virginia House and was then directed to the senate. HB 2025 is a bill that proposes no one should be required to participate in the solemnization of marriage if the circumstances go against their personal beliefs. This bill also stated there will be no penalty against agencies who will not provide certain services in regards to marriage due to personal beliefs. This bill has me torn right down the middle.

I think on one hand that it is great the government isn’t imposing its will upon people and forcing them to go against their religious convictions; however, I have a hard time seeing how anyone who works for the government can get around not performing part of their job duties. Will there be someone as a back-up to carry out the job duty?

Will this standard trickle down to other agencies such as adoption agencies and homeless shelters? How can we make sure that couples outside of the “social norm” are not discriminated against?

While I firmly agree that government has no right forcing someone to go against their religious beliefs, I do believe that we have to draw a line in the sand.

Court clerks who are to be responsible for marriages should be fully aware that marriage equality is a thing now and that part of their job would be to marry or give certificates to individuals who don’t fit the heterosexual mold.

If you cannot perform your job duties, then perhaps you should look into another line of work.

Now keep in mind that this doesn’t only apply to the LGBTQ community, but it could also affect single mothers and even couples with premarital children.

How do we find a solution where no ones’ rights are infringed upon? How?

Amanda Long is a freelance writer for The Gazette-Virginian.