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Double Standard

Recorded on June 15, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Over and over, accusations are made that we who favor traditional marriage but oppose same-sex marriage are supposedly trying to impose our religious beliefs on other people.

Mormons in particular were reviled by homosexual rights activists for actively working to pass Proposition 8 in California.

But for those who advocate same-sex marriage, a different standard is applied. They're promoting statements from some religious leaders in New York State who favor gay marriage and urging lawmakers to follow those leaders' advice.

Let's get this straight: People of faith are supposed to be quiet if they don't support same-sex marriage, but encouraged to speak out if they do.

There's nothing wrong with following your faith in what you choose to support or oppose—but it's not right to deny others that identical privilege. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion should both be respected.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.