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PROP. 8: Marriage doesn’t need protection

Letter by David Bates, Tacoma on Aug. 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm | 15 Comments »
August 18, 2010 3:08 pm

Re: “Marriage rooted in public interest” (letter, 8-17),

I was raised under a traditional heterosexual marriage, and it wasn’t until my late 30s that I was able to get out from under the oppression of my youth and live my life as it should be lived. That’s a lot of years not utilized to their fullest. Most of the tools I acquired to negotiate life, I learned on my own, no thanks to the traditional marriage.

Who’s to say that homosexuals don’t yearn to procreate and would if they could? The gay couples I know with children make fine parents, and I would entrust them with my own child. Homosexuality has been around since the beginning of civilization; it was no stranger to the ancient Greeks. And homosexuality is well studied by social science; look at the size of the gay section in bookstores.

What’s wrong with loving couples wanting to take their relationship to what they see as the ultimate level? If marriage is such a great thing, why does it need to be protected? Shouldn’t people be flocking to it and doing everything possible to save and enhance their marriage?

Turning out children who are caring, productive, thinking and open minded and know they are loved is what we should be doing as a society. Based on what I have seen and heard, marriage is not necessarily a large component of that.

It’s silly spending resources fighting something that shouldn’t be fought.

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