On Friday, the New York Senate made same-sex "marriage" legal ("Gay parade marks win for marriage rights in N.Y.," Web, News, Politics, Sunday). Key to its passage was a religious-exemptions amendment that permits, among other things, Catholic Charities to continue to refuse adoption services to same-sex couples and still receive financial support from the state.
The amendment was is in large part a reaction to what happened in Massachusetts, where state support to Catholic Charities was denied after same-sex "marriage" became legal there in 2003. Rather than comply with the new state law, the church got out of the adoption business.
The logical disconnect of New York lawmakers is obvious: If the state no longer discriminates against same-sex couples, how will the state justify funding organizations that continue to do so? It's a slam-dunk case for any civil rights advocate willing to ingratiate himself to the liberal press.
As for the definition of marriage, there is no reason now why it should not be extended to incest and polygamy. Whatever basis, legal or moral, forbade incestuous or polygamous relations in the past has been broken in the name of "equality."
Glen Burnie, Md.
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