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  •  Yes. It's possible to raise objections to abortion (1+ / 0-)
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    that do not depend solely on one particular religious perspective, and that actually have some legitimacy (though I personally think that the loss of personal autonomy resulting from banning/heavily restricting abortion is a much greater evil). For example, some women oppose abortion because they believe it makes it easier for husbands to cheat. You can think whatever you want about that rationale, but it doesn't require adopting one highly specific religious worldview to consider.

    Anti-gay arguments, on the other hand, always boil down to either violations of specific religious dogmas or to personal disgust. Thus they can only appeal to a very narrow demographic, or to genuinely uninformed people (a group which in this case is shrinking rapidly now that nearly everyone personally knows someone who's affected by the animus).

    Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

    by ebohlman on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:53:43 PM PST

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