An inevitable right

Posted Saturday, Jul. 06, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Those who oppose same-sex marriage rely on the same arguments — tradition, propriety, protection of children and godly intent — that were invoked when other oppressed Americans sought their rights.

These arguments too easily ignore the main reason why the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Prohibiting marriage — and its legal benefits — to gays violates a core American principle, the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

The unsurprising visceral reaction of those threatened by secular change is as disheartening as, in the DOMA case, four justices not willing to ban blatant discrimination. It might cause us to wonder if those professing moral compulsion know the holy directives to “do unto others …” and to “love one another.”

Although the Supreme Court has not yet declared same-sex marriage a national right, it is inevitable. Just as the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and providing equal education to racial minorities have done, so, too, the expansion of rights to gay Americans will make for a better nation.

— Jeff Horton, Grand Prairie

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