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By Joseph Backholm
Family Policy Institute Executive Director 

Is same-sex marriage a civil right?

Guest Commentary


Those trying to redefine marriage say it’s a civil rights issue. Lots of people agree. And once someone believes it’s a civil rights issue, it’s hard to oppose. After all, who opposes civil rights? We’re Americans.

But what do people actually mean when they say that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue? Do they mean that people have the right to marry anyone they want? Definitely not.

While there are a few genuinely crazy people in the world, virtually no one believes siblings should be able to marry each other or adults should be able to marry 14-year-olds. A few more people think you should be able to marry multiple people, but that’s still a very small minority.


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