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March 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Supreme Court questions if it’s too soon to decide on gay-marriage case

Court not moving fast enough

Demonstrateors chant outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Tuesday as the court heard arguments on California's Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. (PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Demonstrateors chant outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Tuesday as the court heard arguments on California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. (PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned that the issue of legalizing same-sex marriages may be moving too fast [“Buyer’s remorse on gay-marriage case?” page one, March 27]. Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed that we only have the experience of a handful of years of legal gay marriages in a handful of states to compare to thousands of years of history of traditional marriage.

I am a gay man in my 50s and my partner and I have been together for over 16 years. This issue isn’t moving too fast for us! Are we supposed to wait for another generation until there are fewer people who are uncomfortable with our relationship? Where is the concept of equal justice under the law? Is there an asterisk to this that says “unless the issue is unpopular”? We may not live long enough to see that day — literally.

Justice Elena Kagan finally asked the important question of how does opening marriage to same-sex couples hurt the institution of marriage? “How does this cause-and-effect work?” she asked. We have yet to hear a reasonable answer.

–Travis Penn, Seattle

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