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POLITICS: Marriage equality - why can't religious moderates get off the fence?

The USA saw its long-overdue Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality come through on June 26th, finally recognizing the rights of same-sex couples as equal in this area. With many pundits on the US political right set for the cry-fest over this beautifully spilled saucer of legeslative milk, one of the few bastions of same-sex inequality in the Western world has finally caved.

This on top of the Republic of Ireland's overwhelming vote, celebrating gay rights, should be cause for celebration for any person or any institution which stands for Enlightenment values and equality. This of course excludes the Vatican, which branded the Irish referendum result as a "defeat for humanity" back in May 2015. Yes, what could be worse for humanity than loving, consenting adults expressing their love and commitment.

It's a no-brainer. If you stand for social cohesion, family values, stronger and better role models for children... these among many other principles Christian groups around the world claim to be authorities on, then marriage equality is straightforwardly good for the world.

In the wake of more religious bigotry headlines around the world, with Islamist attacks in France and Tunisia marring the summer heat, it is high time for so-called religious moderates to take a stand. Either same-sex couples have the same rights as the rest of us, and marriage is good for society ergo same-sex marriage has their unreserved support, or else they stand against both values. Equality and marriage are good for society or they're not.

Time to choose.


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