We should no more tolerate a “religious exemption” for those who oppose same-sex marriage than on race.
And Romney, who shies away from talking about being a Mormon, does not want to be drawn into a religious debate.
Not very long ago, religious people were the biggest barrier to this day happening at all.
c.1200, "devout, pious, imbued with or expressive of religious devotion," from Anglo-French religius, Old French religious (12c., Modern French religieux) and directly from Latin religiosus, from religio (see religion). Meaning "pertaining to religion" is from 1530s. Transferred sense of "scrupulous, exact" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Religiousness.