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08/30/2012

Administering wrong-headed religious tests, unwilling to be receptive student

by Jeremy Hooper

Here is an example of the flawed arguments that permeate (define?) the "protect marriage" movement. This one was found on Protect Marriage Maine's Facebook wall:

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A couple of things.

(1) Marriage vows are not required to be read in public in a way that invokes God. However, a civil marriage license (i.e. what the marriage equality movement is seeking) is required of any couple of any religious view that wishes to have state/federal recognition. This is not up for debate. This is fact.

(2) If you feel so strongly about adultery, then push for laws that inscribe these religious beliefs into wall. Expressly ban this kind of behavior, if that is your goal. Create multi-million dollar campaigns built around this matter. Write Biblical condemnations of adultery into law, if you think you can muster public support for that one. But the fact of the matter is this is not happening AT ALL while billions have been spent over the past decade for the sole purpose of stopping or eliminating civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.


If the other side wants to help us build a stronger coalition of fairness-minded, church/state-separated citizens, then they can keep on with this religious insistence. Please. I beg them to. The truth: it is an untenable, aggressively misrepresentative holdout that will ultimately bring full equality to all fifty states.

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