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03/29/2012

Bertrand Russell & MN For Marriage: '[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists'

by Jeremy Hooper

And now Bertrand Russell, an early champion of reforming the United Kingdom's laws on homosexuality, will give you his views on marriage, circa 1928:

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[SOURCE: Sceptical Essays, pg. 4-5, 1928, Routledge Classics edition]

And now Minnesota For Marriage, an organization working from a largely Catholic standpoint in order to impose their own morality onto the state's marriage law, will give you their take on Russell:

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I can't tell you for sure how Russell would respond to this reduction of his words, largely because I don't know how to translate the sound of rolling over in a grave to text form. But perhaps this prescient message about love and tolerance will help:

Wise. The opposite of altering a state's document so that it becomes a weapon against certain kinds of people.

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