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Emboldened in Hawaii

Are civil unions the compromise they’re touted as? Not according to this story from Hawaii, where religious anti-equality opponents repeatedly discussed the sanctity of marriage in opposing — a Hawaii civil unions bill! The rhetoric was almost entirely religious, even though the bill has nothing to do with religion, even nominally. Counter-protesters also invoked religion in arguing for the bill. What’s left to say at this point. Maybe these three points:

  • For some, religion is too powerful to allow even civil equality for same-sex couples. They don’t want to look at the lives of their gay neighbors.
  • These counter-demonstrations show the peril in relying on religious arguments in civil discourse. The question becomes: Whose religion?
  • I can’t help thinking that recent legislative victories from the anti-equality forces in New Jersey and New York have emboldened the other side.

Expect this fight to go on for awhile. And don’t expect the Supreme Court to put a quick end to it.

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