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letters | DEBATE OVER MARRIAGE

Many draw strength from their religious beliefs

BISHOP GENE Robinson, in his Feb. 7 op-ed “Keep religion out of the marriage debate,’’ says religious questions should stay out of politics. One of his arguments recalls religious objections to civil rights in the 1960s, specifically interracial marriage.

I am surprised that anyone can bring up religion and civil rights in the ’60s while ignoring how many supporters of civil rights drew strength from their religious beliefs, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. No one can listen to King’s “I Have a Dream’’ speech without hearing preaching and prophecy.

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Whenever fundamental questions arise about morality, and about the obligations and rights of the individual, the family, and the community, all believers should be ready and proud to join the debate with their opinions and reasoning.

Christopher G. Hebard

Melrose

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