Jackson says the meaning of marriage is "simply common sense." Through much of the last century, separation of the races was "simply common sense." Before 1919, banning women from voting was "simply common sense." In World War II, putting Japanese-Americans in detention camps was "simply common sense." Killing the "savage" Indians and herding them onto reservations was "simply common sense." Common sense does not make something right, or moral, or fair. It simply means that what people commonly thing can be very wrongheaded.
For most Americans, the meaning of marriage is simply common sense. Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is at the heart of what most of us believe family should be. Even if we don’t all manage to live out that belief as perfectly as we would like, not everyone who opposes the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual couples has a detailed explanation for their position. Just because someone is divorced, for example, does not mean he or she does not believe in traditional marriage. Everyday folks understand that society needs strong ideals to bring out the...
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