Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A civil right or moral issue? Marriage-rights activists draw link to other efforts

12/10/08 The Desert Sun (Palm Springs): Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, finds it "offensive to frame [same-sex marriage] as a civil rights issue." He considers it a "moral issue" instead. The Desert Sun identifies Barbara Cox as a "national authority on sexual orientation and the law and professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego." Cox responds to one reason for viewing same-sex marriage as a moral issue - that gays choose to be gay: "My response is that heterosexuals don't believe they choose to be straight." She adds that religious affiliation also reflects a choice, a choice involving rights that are"strictly protected."

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