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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Why don't we kick government out of relationships?

I'm fed up with the arguments for and against same sex marriage and want to propose a radical new solution to this issue dividing America: Get government out of the relationship business.

That's right. Why on Earth would anyone concede to a government the right to define, regulate or sanction your relationship? What was common place 200 years ago is foreign today, and vice versa.

So as opposed to arguing changing norms and public attitudes in places like the Supreme Court, wouldn't a better solution be that government recuse itself from what you call, or how you define your relationships?

In my perfect world, "marriages" would be treated the same, and carry the same significance as "baptisms." In other words, these religious ceremonies would be administered to and sanctioned by the religious entity of ones choosing with no government interference, pro or con.

Just as different religions have different rituals when it comes to marriage, why go down the path of which ones are "right" and which are "wrong?" Do you really want to leave it up to politicians and public opinion to determine a Catholic Church wedding is a legal marriage, but Elvis presiding over your Vegas nuptials isn't?

And for the record, I am in support of marriage equality, same-sex marriage, whatever you want to call it, if only for the reason that I believe they have the right to be as miserable as my married heterosexual friends are.

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass up… so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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