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Ever since ancient Rome, class-stratified and estate-based societies had instituted laws against intermarriage between individuals of unequal social or civil status, with the aim of preserving the integrity of the ruling class.…
But the English colonies stand out as the first secular authorities to nullify and criminalize intermarriage on the basis of race or color designations. Laws banning interracial marriage were virtually unique to America.
Protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not infringe on anyone’s sexual freedoms.
Those who believe that marriage is a male–female relationship and want to lead their lives accordingly deny no one equal protection of the law.
Colonial America stands out for its bans on interracial marriage.
Thinking that marriage has anything at all to do with race is unreasonable, and as a historical matter, few great thinkers ever suggested that it did.
Some further argue that protecting the freedom to speak and act publicly on the basis of a religious belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman amounts to the kind of laws that enforced race-based segregation. Whatever one believes about marriage and however government defines it, there is no compelling state interest in forcing every citizen to treat a same-sex relationship as a marriage when this would violate their religious or other conscientious beliefs.
It is reasonable for citizens to believe that marriage is the union of a man and woman.
Great thinkers throughout human history—and from every political community up until the year 2000—thought it reasonable to view marriage as the union of male and female, husband and wife, mother and father.
Indeed, support for marriage as the union of man and woman has been a near human universal.