Support LGBT marriage
There are many arguments for and even against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender marriages in the United States. [“Why did court take Prop 8? Only justices know,” page one, March 30.]
I am very aware of the arguments most people make against it: that is religiously and morally abhorrent and that is a federally mandated suppression of the states’ right to decide on mundane cases.
I do not think that way. When the U.S. Supreme Court finally ruled in 1954 that states would no longer segregate schools, many people thought of the legal decision as an intrusion against states’ rights. However, the decision was deemed necessary in order to help end segregationist laws in this country and pave the way for the civil-rights movement.
Now, with United States vs. Windsor and Hollingsworth vs. Perry becoming the center of interest, Congress must move to repeal the divisive Defense of Marriage Act. The long-deserved right of federal recognition to same-sex and transgender individuals must be a reality.
Now is the time to support civil rights by repealing DOMA now.
— Erick Dietrich, Walla Walla
Support traditional meaning of marriage
True marriage — that between one man and one woman — is the pre-eminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions.
It is a relationship defined by nature and protected by the natural law that binds all men and women. It finds its foundation in the order of creation. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they create a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage.
Marriage was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose that include the procreation and upbringing of new human lives.
Sadly, marriage has been reduced to another commodity in our culture.
In an age when children can be manufactured and grown in the body of a surrogate when they want — while millions are being aborted at will because they are not wanted — “civil rights” are being manufactured by the agencies of the civil government. They are multiplying while real rights — fundamental human rights, which have been endowed upon us by God — are being taken away, one after another.
When sexual behavior between two men or two women is viewed as providing a foundation for a new civil right to marry, the real common good of society is placed at risk. When those who oppose this mistake are routinely characterized as bigots, overt persecution of the church is close at hand.
Let’s pray that our justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will do the right thing for all Americans and uphold the traditional meaning of marriage.
— Sam Wright, Seattle