Like it or not, the Tri-Cities will be a test case for Washington's new gay marriage law. The owner of Arlene's Flowers is being sued by the state attorney general and by the gay couple whose wedding she declined to service, citing religious disagreement.
Also recently in the news has been a decision to bar staff members at Meals on Wheels from leading prayers before the meals.
In both cases, some believe their right to religious freedom is being challenged by the government, while others see the state acting to protect their rights.
It's worth talking about.
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The Dispute Resolution Center of the Tri-Cities and the Tri-City Herald will hold a Community Conversation on the topic of "When faith and rights collide" from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 23-24.
If you would like to participate, send your name, phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chris Sivula at 582-1538. You must be able to commit to attend both evenings.