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Or should the decisive standard be public opinion as measured by polls?

Last month’s Fox News Channel/Opinion Dynamics poll on same-sex marriage produced these results:

Opposed — 66 percent

In favor — 25 percent

A Pew Research Center poll reported these results:

Opposed — 53 percent

In favor — 38 percent

Since a large minority favors a change in the marriage laws should governments adopt the “civil union” formula as expressed by Gen. Wesley Clark and so reported in The Washington Times:

“People who want same-sex relationships should have exactly the same rights as people who are in conventional marriages. I’m talking about joint domicile rights of survivorship, insurance coverage and all those rights. I think that’s essential in America today.”

If we answer Devlin’s questions to the satisfaction of the overwhelming majority, what then of the dissatisfied and disobedient minority?

The debate continues.

Arnold Beichman, a Hoover Institution fellow, is a columnist for The Washington Times.

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