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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Quaker same-sex marriage.

I meant to call attention earlier to my friend and colleague Kenneth Sutton's testimony as a Friend before the Massachusetts House judiciary committee's hearings on same-sex marriage. Here's part — but do read the rest.

Mary Dyer, a Quaker whose statue stands in front of this building, was hanged by the authorities on Boston Common in 1660. She was a martyr for religious freedom. Her statue should stand as a warning against the perils of allowing religious practice, no matter how large the majority, to dictate civil practice for all.

Quakers today are not being hanged, but we still seek equal treatment before the law . . .

[F]or some couples whose marriages have been allowed by Beacon Hill Meeting, our action is sufficient evidence for the state to extend the responsibilities and benefits of marriage to the couple. For other couples, equally in love, equally faithful to one another, equally contributing to our community and to civic life, equally examined by our careful marriage process, our action has no legal effect. How can the Commonwealth of Massachusetts allow us to act as agents of the state in marrying opposite-gender couples and then disregard our careful religious discernment concerning same-gender couples?

An interesting freedom-of-religion argument, don't you think?

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 30 October 2003 at 5:52 PM

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October 30, 2003 06:57 PM | Permalink for this comment

Great catch. What do you want to bet this shows up at Kos this weekend? Prepare for some traffic.

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