Tuesday 20 March 2018

No monopoly on solid marriages

IN his column, David Quinn states that "belief in (traditional) marriage, which is grounded in solid evidence, is being treated as a form of irrationality and prejudice, like racism" (Irish Independent, May 21).

Solid evidence? After spending months toiling through meticulous statistics and pitting experts against experts, US district court judge Vaughn Walker just handed down a detailed 136-page ruling in San Francisco stipulating that the same-sex marriage ban in California was rooted in "moral disapproval", and that the reason for its ban was exclusively religious.

To be sure, Judge Walker carefully examined the "solid evidence" presented by the likes of David Quinn, and he rightfully concluded that the state of California had no "legitimate state interest" in shutting gay and lesbian couples outside the institution of marriage.

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