Sunday, April 19, 2009

Civil Partnerships & Religious Marriages? Douglas Kmiec's Views

Con Law Prof Douglas Kmiec of Pepperdine can be viewed on the popular comedy show "The Colbert Report" in the April 16, 2009 episode here.   Kmiec appeared on the show to promote his book, Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama, released last September.   But the main topic of discussion was same-sex marriage.

Kmiec appears at the conclusion of the show - - - after Colbert's parody of the National Organization for Marriage advertisement, which Frank Rich discussed in his NYT column today here.  Kmiec's argument on the Colbert show is that the state should not be in the business of marriage, but should protect and support certain relationships, including it seems same-sex couples, and excluding, it seems, polygamous ones.  Marriage, Kmiec seems to say, is a religious affair which should be separate from the state.  Kmiec thus comes very close on the show to arguing for a marriage abolitionist position.  


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The NOM Marriage Ad is indeed a cult classic now. Here is another video response to that ad.

Posted by: Mark | Apr 20, 2009 4:07:15 AM

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