As Iowa Goes, So Should Vermont

Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled this morning that a state ban on gay marriage violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. Good for the court. …

The same-sex marriage issue makes me crazy because it seems to me such a clear-cut issue. Yes, marriage is a religious institution and the notion of two men or two women marrying flies in the face of some religions (or more precisely flies in the face of the way some practitioners interpret their religion’s tenets). But marriage is also a civil institution, with all sorts of legal implications regarding inheritance, hospital visitation rights, and so forth.

So if some religious institution wants to be bigoted … well that’s their business. But the state should not affirm that sort of bigotry.

by Robert Schlesinger, US Iowa Legalizes Gay Marriage, Vermont Would Do Well to Follow


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