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Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage

Troglodite Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 12:29 PM
Let us think this through. Maurice and Bruce draw up and sign a contract promising, among other things, to give each other oral and anal sex. The contract contains a clause stating that either party may opt out, but only if that party pays the other party $50,000. After a few years, Maurice decides that he wants to give up on homosexuality and walks out. Bruce sues him in court for $50,000. As a member of the jury, do you find for Bruce or Maurice?

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...