There's no fundamental right to same-sex marriage

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Regarding the June 8 op-ed "Marriage for all" by John D. Podesta and Robert A. Levy:

Same-sex marriage is not one of the fundamental rights of man. Americans have a civil right to organize to protect marriage as the union of husband and wife, an idea with deep roots in our history, in common sense and in the social science affirming that children long for their mom and dad. Overturning California's Proposition 8 would be an outrageous violation of the rights of the 7 million Californians who voted to protect marriage in their state constitution as well as the rights of millions of other Americans in other states with similar marriage amendments.

Maggie Gallagher, Washington

The writer is chairman of the National Organization for Marriage.


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