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MARRIAGE: Not all traditions are worth keeping

Letter by Gabriel Landry, Tacoma on June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm | 8 Comments »
June 25, 2012 11:25 am

What is a tradition other than something you have done before so you do it again? For hundreds of years the traditional “cure” for dozens of ailments was making a person bleed. A good bleeding gets rid of the bad blood and you get better . . . right? Well, assuming you don’t bleed too much or you don’t get an infection; in that case you’ll likely die.

When I hear someone say that marriage is a bond between a single man and a single woman, I hear them say it is a tradition. It is a tradition that has been around for centuries.

We are coming to a crossroad where we are faced with the prospect of opening up the possibility of recognizing another bond, another family structure that has been with us for as long as there have been families. Same-sex parents are not a new concept. It has been denied a place in our society because it is counter to our idea of tradition. There is a fear that it is somehow going to affect our everyday lives. It will not.

Recognizing same-sex marriage will allow for open, loving relationships to have the same recognition as “traditional” relationships. Committed long-term relationships are a good thing. Allowing people to have those open and committed relationships will strengthen our society. It will not destroy a tradition; it will expand it.

Traditions themselves do not create a loving experience; love creates meaningful traditions.

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