Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Let's Take 'Marriage' out of Debate over Same-Sex Marriage Commentary

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Let's Take 'Marriage' out of Debate over Same-Sex Marriage Commentary

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Twenty five or so years ago I participated in a conversation with my mother (born in 1920) and my daughter (born in 1968) over the subject of marriage. The gist of the conversation finally settled on my mother admitting that her issue with homosexual partnerships - marriage - was really just a matter of vocabulary; she didn't have a problem with same-sex couples building lives together and having the same legal rights as hetero couples. She just had a problem with the word "marriage" being applied to their unions.

When she understood that hers was a vocabulary issue, frankly, she got over it. She was born in 1920 and she got over it. A good, Christian woman from a conservative Republican family, and she got over it.

I would suggest it is way past time for the rest of this country to get over it. And certainly do not squander your votes rendering your personal feelings about it. It is a political smoke screen. A maneuver designed to deflect public attention away from matters that actually matter, such as fiscal responsibility.

And now we have gubernatorial candidates in Indiana fanning the flames of this rotten wood. Shame on them.

A recent Facebook poster pointed out: "When you take the oath of office, you place your hand on a Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. You do not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Our gubernatorial candidates apparently need to be reminded of this.

Now, just to be clear: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says this and only this about religion: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

The "free exercise thereof" means if your religion forbids same sex marriage then by all means you are free to avoid becoming entangled in a same-sex marriage. It does not mean you are free to dictate these terms to anyone else.

Put another way: If your religion forbids the eating of shellfish, you are free to eschew shellfish. …

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