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The Reaction: On same-sex marriage, readers chime in: 'Since when has equality and justice EVER hurt anyone?'

Against Prop. 8 
In a Sunday Times Op-Ed by Brian Powell, the coauthor of "Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans' Definitions of Family," a comparison is drawn between the public opinion surrounding interracial marriage during the 1940s and today's views on same-sex marriage. Powell argues that we'll one day be as comfortable with gay marriage as we now are with interracial unions, and that we need to rise above the din of public opinion and let court rulings guide us in this matter of civil rights.

Here's how some readers have reacted to Powell's argument. The debate continues here.

-- Alexandra Le Tellier


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Photo: Billy Bradford carries an American flag and a rainbow flag before a hearing in the U.S. 9th  Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, Dec. 6, in San Francisco. The federal appeals court in heard two hours of arguments about the voter-approved ban known as Proposition 8. A trial court judge overturned the measure as a violation of gay Californians' civil rights in August. Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu


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Equality for all. There are some bigoted haters who would not promote brothers and sisters marrying or men having 12 wives. Isn't this all about equal protection? How dare a majority of voters stop these loving committed relationships?



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