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The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up two cases dealing with same-sex marriage. Don’t know how the court will rule, but I’m heartened to see this issue addressed by our highest court.
I believe in individual freedom, limited government and family values. So, from a legal perspective, I see precious little reason to prohibit consenting adults from entering into a committed relationship under the equal protection and accountability of our laws.
From a societal perspective, I see no harm accruing to traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Allowing same-sex marriage takes nothing away from my marriage. If there is a danger to my marriage, it most likely comes from my own behavior — not from others.
Nor do I see a religious reason for withholding equal marriage rights under the law. The protestant denomination to which I belong prohibits same-sex marriage within the church. While I don’t agree with that prohibition, I accept it while supporting those within the church who advocate change. Regardless, my religion should not seek to restrain civil behavior except through moral suasion.
Our society has come a long way in my lifetime toward reducing our prejudices based on gender, religion, race and national origin. If we could do the same with political orientation, our country might get moving again.
It’s time to revoke our prejudicial application of civil and criminal law as they relate to sexual orientation. Our laws should view all people as having equal opportunity and equal protection imposing restrictions only as individual behavior adversely impacts others.