Smith: “Extend marriage rights to all”

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 - 4:09 pm PDT

At a press conference this evening, The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith acknowledged the striking down of California’s Proposition 8 as an important milestone in extending marriage rights, but took the opportunity to remind fellow Americans there remains a large segment of the population whose members are routinely denied the right to be married in all fifty states.  ”I speak, of course,” said Smith, “of the partnerless—those who, by their own choice or by the choices of others, are not part of a committed couple.”  Smith went on to argue against the “myth” that allowing single people to marry without a partner would somehow weaken the institution of marriage, and further stated that he “wondered how anyone could deny a young child the opportunity to grow up in a married household simply because his parent is, for whatever reasons, raising that child alone.”