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7 Reasons Why the ‘Gay Marriage’ Debate Is Nothing Like the Debate on Interracial Marriage

Ryan T. Anderson at the Daily Signal helps out with teaching something that by now should be considered remedial education. Unfortunately, in this day of low information voters, it’s not. Here is Anderson’s introduction, and then just the list. Follow the link below to read the paragraphs that support each of his points, as well as his three “action items.”

Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage?

One refrain in debates over marriage policy is that laws defining marriage as the union of male and female are today’s equivalent of bans on interracial marriage. Some further argue that protecting the freedom to act publicly on the basis of a religious belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman is like legally enforcing race-based segregation. This leads some people to think that the government is right to fine a New York family farm $13,000 for declining to host a lesbian wedding in their barn.

These claims are wrong on several counts, as I explain in my Backgrounder: “Marriage, Reason, and Religious Liberty: Much Ado About Sex, Nothing to Do with Race.” Here are the top seven reasons why:

1. Support for marriage as the union of man and woman has been a near human universal.

2. Bans on interracial marriage and Jim Crow laws, by contrast, were historical anomalies.

3. Great thinkers—including champions of human rights—knew that gender matters for marriage, and none thought that race does.

4. Even cultures that embraced same-sex relationships did not treat them as marriages.

5. Marriage must be color-blind, but it cannot be gender-blind.

6. Jim Crow laws were meant to divide the races, but marriage law unites men to women and children to their parents.

7. The Supreme Court was correct in striking down bans on interracial marriage but it should not redefine marriage.

Read more: The Daily Signal


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