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Keep religion out of our government

Our Founding Fathers were determined to keep church and state separate, but now our president says he wants a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.

Please explain why we need this. Just what specific harm is envisioned by the fundamentalist right that would befall us if two people of the same sex are permitted to have their loving commitment recognized by local governments in a civil ceremony? When two taxpaying, law-abiding citizens of the same sex want to commit themselves to one another in a civil ceremony, they should be allowed to do so and enjoy the same legal, financial and civil rights enjoyed heterosexual couples.

The president should focus on the “state” part of our Constitution and leave the “church” part to us citizens. Running our government is everyone’s business. But how we choose to worship our creator is a very personal decision. We just don’t need the federal government telling us how to worship.

If my religion or yours finds something reprehensible about their relationship, that’s our constitutional right. Private loathing and hating is legally permissible. But our Constitution keeps the government out of our religions. Let’s keep religion out of our government.

Larry Kaufman

Nevada City

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