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To me there seems to be a distinction between the religious and public meanings of marriage. Ms Gallagher talks about not wanting to change the public meaning of marriage but imposes a religious definition. I am OK with allowing private religious groups to impose their narrow definitions of marriage, however, in the public domain, the institution of marriage is simply a set of laws, rights, and responsibilities that govern financial issues and individual liberties (e.g., visitation, inheritance). I do not see how it is reasonable to impose a single individual religious definition of marriage on the public legal aspects of marriage makes sense. As another blogger said, Ms Gallagher's focus on children does not stand up unless she thinks that public marriage should also exclude the elderly or infertile.
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