When Gay Marriage Debate Turns Ugly, No One Wins

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Charles C. Haynes First Amendment Center senior scholar

Since Election Day, the Mormon church has been the target of demonstrations protesting the passage of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.

Why the Mormons? Last week, gay-rights activist Dan Savage gave CNN a simple explanation: “Part of the democratic process is if you throw a punch, you’re going to have a punch thrown back.”

Fair enough . . .

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