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Letters: A government marriage is a civil union that guarantees civil rights

Published: Sunday, May 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Public attitudes toward gay marriage and civil unions have shifted in recent years.

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Thank you, Scott Garner, for your statement that "religion has no place in the marriage debate" ("Church and state," April 28). I agree with that statement even though I'm a God-fearing, Bible-thumping church-goer. A government marriage is not the same thing as a religion marriage. A government marriage is a civil union that guarantees civil rights.

Therefore, it is also correct to say, "Government has no place in the marriage debate," because a religion marriage is not the same thing as a government marriage. The debate can be ended if all heterosexual and gay couples obtained civil unions whether or not accompanied by marriages in the churches of our choice. Why must we suffer a civil war over an official definition of marriage?

Wallace L. Haynes

West Valley City

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