I congratulate Centre College on the superb presentation Thursday night by Beth Robinson, the Vermont lawyer who was closely involved in the fight for gay and lesbian marriage in Vermont. I also thank Herb Brock for his excellent coverage of the event.
As a student in one of my classes said Friday, no matter what one believes the Bible tells us about homosexuality (and there's much debate about exactly what it says) and no matter what one personally feels about sexual orientation, fairness and community harmony dictate that no matter their sexual orientation, everyone should have access to the benefits and responsibilities of marriage and to validation of their families.
The truest Christians I know, and loving people of other faiths, realize the importance of equal rights for everyone and of respect and acceptance of human diversity. They also see that the 1960s argument that legalizing interracial marriage would lead to the destruction of the institution of marriage in America is laughable now, and that it is just as absurd to claim today that allowing loving, productive gay and lesbian couples to marry will destroy heterosexual marriage and families.