Since there are legal benefits attached to marriage, it must be open to all, or the federal government must redefine marriage to be a solely religious institution, while giving everyone else, straight or gay, civil unions that guarantee equal protection under the law. This is not about marriage; this is about guaranteeing everyone the same liberties.
The point of this piece isn’t to attack religious beliefs, but to prove that as a party of freedom, the Republican Party is being hypocritical. If they want to win elections and rebrand themselves as a true party for complete freedom, the movement must be mainstreamed and Republican leaders must denounce the strong anti-gay, anti-equal rights rhetoric coming from some parts of the Republican Party.
That would be a step in the right direction.
Chase Schaub is a junior at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School.