Hooray for pragmatism

March 1, 2014

If gay marriage were allowed in Indiana [Feb. 17 Maurer column], there would be no increase in gay porn at AMC Theaters, no mandatory attendance at gay weddings, no straight people suddenly turning gay, no visible signs anywhere of any change—because there already are gay couples.

Gays have been partnered like straight couples for eons, living together, raising children, committed to loving lifetime relationships. Allowing them legal protections that straight people enjoy does not change a single thing for anyone outside of their marriage. It only means that all adults are treated fairly and equally under the law.

That “separation of church and state” thingy has never been more profoundly abused than in arguments against gay marriage. Yay for the Indiana Senate’s pragmatism!

Heidi Newman, Bloomington


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