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Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage

anonymous3218 Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 5:33 PM
So, if you're 18 and able to express yourself legally, you can marry your sibling or first cousin, if that sibling or first cousin is also 18 and able to express him/herself legally? Really? How about a parent and his/her 18 year old child? Seems to me there are a few conditions that prevent these combinations and some others along the same lines. Gays can have their civil unions and all that implies. Fine. But redefining marriage goes too far. Sorry.

Next week voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will vote on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.

Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views?

The primary explanation is this: Proponents and opponents ask two different questions.

Proponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is keeping the definition of marriage as man-woman fair to gays? Opponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is same-sex marriage good for society?

Few on either side honestly address the question of the other side. Opponents of same-sex marriage rarely acknowledge...