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This Isn't Tolerance

Same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C. will trample on religious liberty.

9:00 AM, Nov 30, 2009 • By ALAN F.H. WISDOM
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But this is precisely the approval that many other Americans, including religious traditionalists, do not wish to grant. Same-sex marriage laws, in abolishing all distinctions between same-sex relationships and man-woman matrimony, turn supporters of such distinctions into enemies of state policy. Because "marriage equality" is claimed as a "civil right," akin to racial equality, those who would deny it become the equivalent of racist bigots in the eyes of the law. And they would be treated as racist bigots have been (properly) treated: shamed and shunned, targeted for lawsuits and driven out of public life.

This is what is beginning to happen in D.C. and elsewhere. Will it be tolerance or tyranny that wins the day?

Alan Wisdom is Vice President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C. and author of the recent monograph, "http://www.theird.org/Document.Doc?id=111 target=_blank>Is Marriage Worth Defending?"