Editorial: Gay marriage at a judicial crossroads

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 16, 2012 - 8:31 PM

Court should do no harm as support builds for same-sex unions.

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ebfauvelDec. 16, 1210:33 PM

Justice delayed is justice denied.

pitythetoolsDec. 17, 12 5:58 AM

The same people who demand separation of church and state also demand the government be in the marriage business which is a religious practice.

ericgus55Dec. 17, 1211:40 AM

pitythetools-- Marriage is not JUST a religious practice. Marriage is also a legal contract. Whatever the courts decide, churches will be (and should be) free to perform or deny the sacrament of marriage or recognition to whomever they decide. An example of this now is how the Catholic Church may choose not to perform or recognize the marriages of the divorced, even though the government does. The separation of church and state means that the religious sacrament of marriage is separate from the government contract of marriage (a license without a church ceremony is still valid in the eyes of the government, and a ceremony without a license may be valid in the eyes of the church). Both the Churches and the State use the same word, "marriage," and many folks have intertwined the two things (church marriage and government marriage) in their own lives, but they ARE still separate.

LumpmooseDec. 17, 12 4:11 PM

According to Gallup, "Do you approve or disapprove of marriage between blacks and whites?" received 20% Approve in 1968, the year after the Supreme Court overruled miscegenation laws (Loving v. Virginia). Today, same-sex marriage is at 50% nationwide approval and climbing fast. The USA didn't collapse in 1967 and the Supreme Court should do the right thing again in 2013.

basia2186Dec. 20, 12 6:44 PM

Gays do have equal rights, they are free to marry someone of the opposite sex. Quit pretending their relationships are something they are not. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Gays have long term, short term and/or life long relationships.

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