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To me the issue of gay marriage is fundamentally one of freedom. Who has the right to tell me who I can love - the state? religion? Gay marriage is the next phase of liberalization of culture - it is a next step of belief from the idea that former slaves are human beings, that women are able to think and vote and be in charge of their own reproductive choices. It is also the liberalization of culture that has said that children are people and not property (thus should be protected by the state if parents are abusive). Looking at the gay marriage issue in a historical context of more personal responsibility may be beneficial