The Mormon church, which has supported traditional marriage efforts across the nation, was circumspect about New York’s new law.
While specific church operations in New York are unlikely to be affected, “We do think there are fundamental religious liberty issues at stake that need to be thoroughly discussed and debated across the country,” said Dale Jones, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) lamented the passage of gay marriage in New York, but also expressed gratitude for the “robust” religious exemptions.
This is because of the clause in the law that protects the religious exemptions from changes down the line, said Nathan Diament, director of public policy at the OU.
This provision, which is not usually seen in legislation, “says that if any part of the law is struck down, then the whole law is void,” Mr. Diament said. “So, in other words, if somebody wanted to sue to try to knock out the religious protections [and] they succeeded, then they would also succeed in undoing the legalization of same-sex marriage.”