Marriage is a matter of public health

  • Article by: EDWARD P. EHLINGER
  • Updated: September 23, 2012 - 6:03 PM

Those who are able to enjoy it are better off physically, emotionally.

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pumiceSep. 22, 12 7:13 PM

From the article: "[T]he Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics ... affirmed 'the right of every child and family to the legal, financial, and psychosocial security that results from having legally recognized parents who are committed to each other and to the welfare of their children.'" More Minnesotans united for all families!

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drmyeyesSep. 22, 12 7:30 PM

Marriage has roots in religion. Why do liberals support government performing a religious practice? Isn't separation of church and state important anymore?

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dorianmodeSep. 22, 12 8:29 PM

drmyeyes The roots of marriage are not in religion. Pair-bonding, and the legal contract of marriage are biological and cultural phenomena which, later, religion appropriated, and sanctioned, just like every other rule in the Bible. The Biblical laws got there, because they were already in culture. There are at least 10 different forms of marriage in the Bible. marriage is a human cultural institution, and as such is subject to cultural change and updating.

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kd5757Sep. 22, 12 8:34 PM

The American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Anthropological Association also support same-sex marriage. In fact, there are no secular, research-based organizations that oppose same-sex marriage. Those opposed to same-sex marriage have no credible data to support their positions and must rely on smokescreens and half-truths. They also seem to not understand that, because we are not a theocracy, religious arguments are not pertinent when discussing civil marriage.

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kd5757Sep. 22, 12 9:10 PM

Thank you Mr. Ehlinger for bringing science and reason into the discussion. Commentaries such as yours will help move us out of the dark ages on this issue.

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rhankinsSep. 22, 12 9:15 PM

I'm not sure logic like this works well against dogma.

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erikj3Sep. 22, 1210:27 PM

Two consenting adults should be able to get married and enjoy all that marriage has to offer, without someone telling them they can't because a really old book says so. I don't plan on getting married anytime soon (if ever), but if someone else wants to, more power to them! Vote no on this travesty!

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luxaeternaSep. 22, 1211:03 PM

I have no objections to gay marriage, but more importantly, it's really none of my business to dictate who can marry the person he or she loves. Let people live their lives in peace.

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ivehaditSep. 23, 12 6:45 AM

Cherry-picking those parts of the Bible which should be applied to all Minnesotans through our Constitution is both contrary to the separation of church and state and hypocritical in nature. The bible is a personal book which some embrace and others reject. It should no more be the basis for our laws or our constitution than should the Koran.

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janiegirlSep. 23, 12 9:33 AM

It is also time for the medical community to instil the fact that homosexuality is not a choice. It is truly mind-boggling that so many conservative Christians can put so much merit into age old theological myth but can not believe facts as established by science.

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