Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

MARRIAGE: No point in legalizing same-sex unions

Letter by Ryan Ostrander, Gig Harbor on April 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm | 193 Comments »
April 27, 2012 1:33 pm

Many articles have been written about the recent passing of the marriage equality bill in Washington. Nearly all of them point out the freedom which this law will bring to those seeking a gay marriage, but none highlight the consequences or talk about the purpose of the government passing this bill in the first place.

Our legislators have not thought this through. In the act of redefining marriage, they will in turn redefine the family and the culture around them.

What is the purpose of marriage, and why does the government even recognize it? When the state legally recognizes a couple, it is doing so with the expectation that the couple can add to society or, in other words, produce children. They show this by offering marriage benefits, expecting something in return.

Same-sex couples do not have anything to offer the society and therefore it does not make sense for the government to recognize them. There are other ways to live together, to legally share bank accounts and a house, and to be seen as companions of one another. Legal same-sex marriage is not the answer.

What’s the point? Is it all so that a small minority of our country can have what it wants? What will happen when someone wants to marry their pet? Will we allow that also? Marriage equality will provide a slippery slope for untold legalizations of the dumbest things. Is America ready for the consequences?

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.