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  •  Public approval is not required. (2+ / 0-)
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    native, catilinus

    The public in this country once approved of slavery. Then of denying freed slaves basic civil rights. They once approved of the fact that women couldn't vote. That children as young as six were exploited in factories and mines up to 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. That education was for people with money and not for the rest. That interracial marriage was illegal, that people could be experimented on and sterilized without their consent. There are a great many things once publicly approved in this country that have long fallen by the wayside as public opinions changed due to greater awareness caused by people who cared to get involved.

    Why, just a few years ago a majority of the American public believed wholeheartedly that homosexual couples should not be able to enjoy the (somewhat dubious) privileges of marriage. Now a majority do approve, the laws will all be changed when SCOTUS finally does its job.

    Public approval doesn't make something 'right' or 'wrong'. Never has, never will.

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