Leave mar­riage to the churches

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re “Down with mar­riage,” Opin­ion, June17

I ap­plaud the leg­is­la­tors in Alabama and Ok­la­homa for ef­forts to re­turn mar­riage to the pri­vate sec­tor and re­move it from the state. I have main­tained for some time that is­su­ing li­censes with the same le­gal pro­tec­tions and priv­i­leges as mar­riage li­censes to do­mes­tic part­ners— mar­ried or sin­gle, gay or straight— should be the duty of the state.

Do­ing so ful­fills our na­tion’s con­sti­tu­tional com­mit­ment to treat ev­ery­one fairly and al­lows the pri­vate sec­tor, in­clud­ing churches, to de­fine mar­riage and to de­ter­mine who should or should not be mar­ried ac­cord­ing to each church or de­nom­i­na­tion’s be­liefs. Jini Cock­roft

Los An­ge­les

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