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April 03, 2014


Joseph Hertzlinger

Shouldn't this type of reaction be limited to controversies that involve laws that either "pick your pocket or break your leg"? The gay-marriage tempest in a teapot is about whether gays feel offended by the lack of recognition by the State.


Would you call it a "tempest in a teapot" if the state denied you or your spouse the right to the same health benefits, social security benefits, tax credits, family leave allowances and immigration benefits enjoyed by all other couples? Do you really think it a small matter to be denied all of these things?

It's one thing to say that all of the benefits mentioned above shouldn't exist anyway, at least from a certain libertarian viewpoint, but to grant their existence and then say that only heterosexuals deserve to enjoy them is something else.

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