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Jun. 26th, 2003 | 12:08 am

Spurred by Canada's recent decision to legalize gay marriages, a coalition of right-wing religious groups has launched a campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, invalidate all state and local domestic partnership laws and nullify civil rights protections based on marital status.

So far from woman owing what liberty she does enjoy, to the Bible and the church, they have been the greatest block in the way of her development. The vantage ground woman holds to-day is due to all the forces of civilization, to science, discovery, invention, rationalism, the religion of humanity chanted in the golden rule round the globe centuries before the Christian religion was known. It is not to Bibles, prayer books, catechisms, liturgies, the cannon law and church creeds and organizations, that woman owes one step in her progress, for all these alike have been hostile, and still are, to her freedom and development--Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Not only does that apply to women, but also the all the myriad LGBT/Queer people, and possibly even animal rights and environmental protections. Frequently Freethinkers challenge the religious status quo, and the religions follow to avoid losing their followers.

I understand that religion can be comforting to some, but it certainly feels like conservative christianity stands in stark opposition to my being trans, lesbian, and feminist.

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