Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Proposition 8

June
26th

MARRIAGE: Justice prevails with DOMA decision

I celebrate the affirmative decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and uphold the lower court’s decision about California’s Proposition 8. As a United Methodist Christian, I believe that every person has sacred worth and is due all of the services provided and rights protected by our churches and governments.

DOMA has been a source of grave injustice and has done untold harm by preventing millions from enjoying the full quality of life afforded the majority. DOMA’s negation by the court ends an era of unconscionable discrimination, opens the door to marriage

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Aug.
16th

PROP. 8: Support recognition of families

Studies showing that children benefit from marriage (such as collected in “Why Marriage Matters: Twenty-One Conclusions from the Social Sciences” written by a group of 13 family scholars) have largely only examined heterosexual marriages. I do not believe this should be construed to mean that only this type of marriage benefits children, simply that other marriage/union formats have not been studied as extensively.

There are benefits to children from marriage that may cross over to same-sex marriages, such as material well-being, durability of relationship and social acknowledgment/investment. I look forward to anyone who wants to be a formally recognized family

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Aug.
10th

PROP. 8: Heterosexual marriage best for children

Proponents of gay marriage have managed to frame the issue as one of equal treatment under the law, often asking opponents to demonstrate how the marriage of two men or two women could cause harm to anyone’s heterosexual marriage.

This is an entirely wrong and misleading framework and question. The more relevant question ought to be why governments have an interest in sanctioning marriages at all.

The answer to that one is clear. Because of their concern for the general welfare, governments have a compelling interest in sanctioning behaviors designed to perpetuate order and progress. With that in mind, they

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Aug.
9th

PROP. 8: No bigotry in defining morality

Eugene Robinson’s assertion (column 8-6) that the California judge’s ruling against Proposition 8 strikes a blow against bigotry misses the point altogether.

Proposition 8 was not passed because of bigotry against the homosexual community but in defense of legitimate marriage. Voters rejected not the people but their actions. There is a big difference.

One of the judge’s arguments against Proposition 8 was that it was based on moral grounds and therefore is unconstitutional. Isn’t the Constitution largely based on morality, a belief in right and wrong? Do we not have laws against murder, robbery, perjury, etc.? These are moral issues.

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Aug.
9th

PROP. 8: Moral society must legislate against immorality

The right to marriage may or may not be granted by the Constitution, but the right to redefine marriage certainly is not. Marriage is rooted in the public interest in procreation, in history and social science.

Homosexual “marriage” has not, is not and will never be necessary for the common good of society. Homosexual “marriage” has not, will not and will never serve the same purpose that God designed-traditional one man-one woman marriage does.

The constant push for homosexual “marriage” is political, not necessary. It is about forcing society to equate homosexual behavior with heterosexual behavior. Homosexual activists judges are

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Aug.
6th

PROP. 8: Decision based on faulty reasoning

Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the will of the people of California when he stated that a law against homosexual marriage was based upon a moral standard.

This is an interesting legal conclusion. Using similar reasoning, there should be no law against robbery. Laws formulated against robbery and related crimes are based on moral values. We may say that extortion is likewise based on moral standards. Assault and similar crimes are based on moral standards and values. We may propose similar arguments for laws against deadbeat dads. The list could get quite long.

Remove morality considerations from many laws,

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Aug.
6th

PROP. 8: It’s not easy to abide by Leviticus

Hatred and bigotry against the “other” is as old as the human race, as is the proportion of humanity genetically born homosexual.

Too many so-called believers justify their intolerance by quoting Leviticus. Those who do so should beware their own hypocrisy. By its antiquated and fanciful strictures, few if any of us avoid its many abominations on a daily basis.

Those who wish to turn to the mythology of the Bible for their personal faith and morality, fine. But please don’t conflate it with civil law and direct it against those with different beliefs. And please stop cherry-picking biblical citations.

Aug.
5th

PROP. 8: And so dies the republic

The gay marriage “victory” in California (TNT, 8-5) is like the “victory” of a successful suicide. The victim is now beyond remedy. Those that didn’t know him scarcely notice or care.

Our constitutional republic is the victim and is moribund.

Gone is any significant portion of our society comprehending past constitutional government, now dismembered limb by limb by outlaws. The decision of our largest state’s constitutional referendum to define marriage has been removed by a single judge making up his own rules. “No compelling public interest in limiting marriage as between one man and one woman”? Really! You

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