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Letter to the editor: N.D. voters made mistake on definition of marriage

I can understand why some people would be upset by a lawsuit aimed at legalizing gay marriage because it goes against their religious beliefs. But the laws of this country are based upon the U.S. Constitution rather than any religious precepts. The Founding Fathers, even though most were Christian, made that perfectly clear in the First Amendment.

Furthermore, the 14th Amendment states: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

Legally, marriage is a civic right or privilege in this nation, not a religious sacrament. This is why a couple needs a license from the courthouse in order to marry, and marriages conducted outside of a church are legal. No religion has the constitutional right to determine who can or cannot marry, and there is no other legitimate reason why a gay couple shouldn’t be allowed to get married.

North Dakotans made a mistake when they voted to define marriage as between a man and woman, and now it’s taking a lawsuit to correct that mistake. We should have gotten it right the first time.