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Oct 112006

When we get colds, we might take some aspirin.

Sure, it doesn’t battle viruses or swashbuckle bacteria. But it does make us feel better for a while.

That’s just what Referendum I is – something that would help alleviate the symptoms of a major problem. Gays have long been denied rights afforded to any married couple, and this would grant them “basic legal rights.”

This may be the great civil rights struggle of our time.

The bulk of those arguing against giving gays equal rights in marriage are religious groups. In America, religious groups usually haven’t been on the cutting edge of social liberty.

Using Biblical passages, they justified binding Africans into slavery. They justified keeping women at home and out of voting booths. The Bible, being a document (like the Constitution) can be and has been interpreted to accomplish a vast array of things, not all of them good (or bad for that matter).

Just ask Brother Matt – the raving lunatic who, perched on a rock in the Plaza, condemns to hell every college student who stops to listen. He reads from the same Bible that moderates might.

But we at the Collegian encourage everyone to take a chance. If we’re going to err, let’s err on the side of free will.

Vote yes on Ref. I – and vote yes on any more powerful measure that comes along to give our fellow human beings the same rights that we have.

And if you don’t like gay marriage, then don’t be gay.

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