Thomas Jefferson's Endorsement of Marriage Equality

Thomas Jefferson MemorialThe arguments against equality in marriage are so often for what they see as religious reasons, or knee-jerk misconceptions of what the Founding Fathers intended for this country. Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin wanted religion to be distanced from the affairs of state.

Here's what Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association on January 1, 1802:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State.

-Thomas Jefferson

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