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Still waging battles over marriage rights

October 26, 2009

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AS I read the front-page article “Same-sex marriage fight roils Maine’’ (Oct. 20), I thought how strange it is that, at a time when a justice of the peace in Louisiana refused to perform the marriage ceremony of a white woman and a black man, Maine is roiled about same-sex marriage. We know that there are still many Americans who oppose interracial marriage. Some people refused to vote for Barack Obama because his father was black and his mother white. But how foolish it would be to give an opportunity to the few (or many) people who oppose interracial marriages to vote their prejudices. Interracial marriages have not diluted “traditional’’ marriage, and neither will same-sex marriages.

I was in Boston last week to participate in a worship service at Boston University’s School of Theology, led by students who belong to the group Sacred Worth. The group is a public expression of the worth of all people regardless of their gender identification or sexual orientation. Many of us hope that Maine voters will support same-sex marriage as another expression of the worth of all people as described in the founding documents of our nation. Ballot initiatives that would restrict the rights of people to equal access diminish all of us.

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell
Asbury Park, N.J.
The writer is former pastor of Union United Methodist Church in the South End, and served on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

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