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In the Dec. 28 letter “Marriage Is a Privilege, Not a Right,” the writer states that marriage is not a “civil or universal right … It is a privilege.” In Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court found that “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ ” and that “The 14th Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations.”

Today, a strong majority of Americans believe that gay couples should be able to marry. Federal courts have found domestic partnerships are no substitute for the right to marry and that there is no rational basis for denying gay couples the right to marry.

It is time to end discrimination against gay couples and recognize their right to marry.

KEVIN MODRAK
Mt. Lebanon


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