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Thursday, March 04, 2004
  9:13 AM — Civil Rights
I am in support of gay marriage. You cannot understand how strongly I think it should happen. It's a civil rights issue. Below are some other civil rights issues, who the previous victims were, and the date the reform was adopted in all 50 states. (Note that I don't say "who was affected" because EVERYONE in the US is affected by these issues, not just the victims, and not just the protestors on either side.)

(dates c/o Wikipedia)

In the anti-miscegenation case, the US Supreme Court stated,

Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.

Saying marriage is only for heterosexuals, but gays should be content with civil unions is like saying the front of the bus is only for whites, but niggers should be content with the back of the bus. The problem in everyone's mind is that civil marriage is inextricably linked with religious marriage in this country. Once we tease apart that difference, perhaps it will be more tolerable to the majority.

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