Same-sex Marriages May Strengthen the Institution of Marriage, Says Oprah

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With France becoming the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage, Oprah Winfrey sat down with three thought leaders — Reverend Ed Bacon and authors Mark Nepo and Elizabeth Lesser — to discuss the subject of marriage equality in the United States for an episode of the OWN network series  Super Soul Sunday. Bacon, who has officiated at both gay and straight weddings in the past, asserted that instead of same-sex marriages destroying the institution of marriage, as some conservatives claim, they would enrich it. “I’ve never had a straight couple come to me and say, ‘My marriage is in trouble because of a gay couple living next door,'” Bacon said. “To the contrary, I’ve had people come to me and say, ‘Because of the love between Bob and Joe, I have learned how better to love my wife or my husband.'” Lesser agreed with Bacon, and added that she felt same-sex marriage posed no threat to the institution of marriage and it was “in trouble long before gays were getting married.” “Maybe gay people can help it,” Oprah proposed. [Advocate]

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