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Challenge to same-sex marriage law in Pennsylvania

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A Pennsylvania law that bans same-sex marriage is being challenged in federal court. The case recently survived a motion to dismiss, meaning the case is headed for trial.

As a minister once said when addressing the issue, let’s not confuse “rites with rights.”  When gays are denied the right to marry, it’s done on moral grounds and beliefs about religious “rites.”  Like it or not, people judge others based on religious beliefs and morals. Doing so may not be a good practice, but it’s what humans do.

But denying another’s right to marriage in society involves a discussion of a person’s “rights” as a citizen. Here, religion and morals should not matter. What comes into play here is each person’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Opponents of gay marriage argue that to permit gay marriage is to approve of the gay lifestyle, and they don’t want to get anywhere close to approving gay marriage.  But permitting gay marriage doesn’t mean approval. It just means that you’re permitting a union between people whose lifestyle differs from your own. (You can still have your own moral judgment; just keep it to yourself.)

Show me someone who is critical of gays and gay marriage, and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t have a gay friend or relative.  Okay, so Liz Cheney is the one exception.  label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

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