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The Detroit News published a piece by Dennis Lennox, a columnist for the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun. A young conservative, he argues the fight over gay marriage is essentially over. The next step is to get government out of the marriage business entirely. “Having government determine what constitutes holy matrimony is as absurd as looking to the statute book for the definition of baptism,” he said.
Read the column here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130329/OPINION01/303290338/1008/Government-has-no-place-marriage
Along the same lines as Lennox, John Fund writes that removing marriage from government is a possible third way out of the current controversy. “The Founding Fathers avoided creating government-approved religions so as to avoid Europe’s history of church-based wars. Depoliticizing religion has mostly proven to be a good template for defusing conflict by keeping it largely in the private sphere.”
Both writers, by the way, ignore the social good marriage provides society, which is a strong argument for government involvement.
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Syndicated columnist Mark Steyn writes about the demolition of marriage overall, which he believes is the goal of the left. “A society in which a majority of births are out of wedlock cannot be other than a Big Government welfare society.”
Read the column on the Orange County register site: http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/marriage-501918-most-american.html
One of the few mainstream papers to oppose same-sex marriage, the Deseret News this week wrote that social science research is scant on the topic of how children will fare in gay marriage households. Research, however, is plentiful on the problems surrounding single-parent homes. Is this to imply that children in these homes suffer because there aren’t two adults in charge, regardless of gender, or do the male and female roles truly matter in parenting?
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Carrie Severino is a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, argues that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage may well backfire on proponents. She uses the Roe vs. Wade abortion decision as an example. “The justices should recognize that bending the rules to shoehorn them into a right better sought through democratic means does nobody any favors.”
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.