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Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage

TabSpangler Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 10:50 AM
The real question is about whether or not the government should be licensing marriages in the first place.
Beethovens10th Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 11:09 AM
Government will, unavoidably, be forced to RECOGNIZE marriage when it is summoned to officiate in cases where marriages fail, or where someone tries to contest the existence of a marriage (property, inheritance, parentage, etc.).

And that which is must by necessity sometimes recognize it must define. There is nothing odious or controlling about this function of government.

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...