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General News    H1'ed 6/26/15

Common sense and decency win: 5 Cheers and 4 Raspberries for SCOTUS as it Bars States from Banning Gay Marriage

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Religion has no business informing the decisions of the Supreme Court, and in a decent country, would also not be a factor in lawmaking in Congress either. Even religious zealots should recognize the danger of pushing their view into the law, since today's fundamentalist Christian political power could tomorrow be replaced at some future date by another religion's political power. The founder's had it right in opposing state religion and in establishing, or attempting to establish in the Constitution, a firm separation between church and state.

It's great that at least in the case of gay marriage, a majority, narrow as it may be, of the Supreme Court finally ignored the bleats of pathetic fundamentalist Christians and accorded equal rights to gay Americans, but we still have a long way to go until the scourge of religious zealotry is erased from American politics and the courts.

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