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Costello: Lewiston's Gay Rights Debate

The Lewiston City Council gay rights debate should focus more on delineating the appropriate limits on the exercise of government authority, rather than on the morality of bedroom behavior. Any government's position on sexual behavior should be one of neutrality. It's nobody's business and government should not insert itself into private transactions between individuals. Thomas Jefferson once pithily explained his indifference toward other people's religious faith: "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." The same test should be applied to sexual orientation. On the other hand, a government that grants itself the authority to insert itself into private transactions can pick my pocket and break my leg. The proposed gay rights law before the Lewiston City Council would punish unapproved opinions on homosexuality with fines of up to $1,000 and jail time up to six months. I have a rule. Government authority should never be exercised to engineer society/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

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