Letters: Religion has no place in the marriage debate

Published: Sunday, April 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Putting aside the obvious fact that the Bible's content has changed over the past few thousand years when being translated from Hebrew to Greek to Egyptian to Latin to English, is Chad Orton seriously suggesting that we ought to not legalize gay marriage because the Bible says so ("Religion and marriage," April 21)? Because the same part of the Bible that condemns homosexuality also condemns certain haircuts, shaving, eating bacon, playing football, wearing polyester and working on Saturday.

Thomas Jefferson knew the toxic combination of church and state when he declared in his letter to the Danbury Baptists that the First Amendment of the Constitution established "a wall of separation between church and state." There is a reason neither attorney in the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court have made mention of theological justification for denying gay marriage, and it is because they and the justices know that such arguments have no place in our laws.

Religion has no place in the marriage debate. The government shouldn't tell the church how to worship, and the church shouldn't tell the government how to govern.

Scott Garner

South Jordan

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