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01/31/2012

Minn. For Marriage: It's about church -- they state it!

by Jeremy Hooper

On its organizational website, Minnesota For Marriage calls this one of their "generic" website badges:

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[Minn For Marriage Downloads]

A message that might be generic for those who have completely given themselves over to the notion that the civil marriage license is written with heavenly ink. But for those of us who realize that this fight is about the civil component of marriage and not the ancillary religious ceremonial aspect, this web badge comes across as pretty darn branded. A brand that, unfortunately, sees religious freedom as an entitlement to an unfettered right for certain faith views to trump all other freedoms, even as those of us who engage for the civil freedoms make no attempt -- NO ATTEMPT! -- at maligning religious freedom in its true sense.

They, the self-appointed "values voters," have God's one, infallible blueprint, apparently. The rest of us are but mere onlookers who, if we're lucky enough, might get to glimpse on at their lives fully lived. But while we might be obligated to support their building processes through our tax dollars and assorted civil contributions, they do not think we are entitled to our own design. They're not even hiding this thoroughly stifling reality. And why should they, really, considering the relatively small number of us who stand up against it?

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