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May 5, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

When the impossible becomes reality

To the editor:

According to Webster’s Dictionary, first edition 1828, marriage is “the legal union of a man and woman for life.” Until recently marriage was assumed to be heterosexual, there was no political support for gay marriage and no such “right” existed. The notion of a child having “two mothers or two fathers” was absurd. Gays in the military were not allowed and up to about 40 years ago homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Same-sex marriage was an oxymoron, an idea of the lunatic fringe.

But yesterday’s impossibility has become today’s reality. Almost one in five states now have legalized same sex marriage. Being openly gay in the military is legal and influential politicians once pledging loyalty to traditional marriage have changed or “evolved” their position.

But for an experiment that is newer than cell phones and the Internet it would be wise to proceed with caution. Soon the Supreme Court will decide on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). If this law is overturned the proponents for this cause may find some unexpected consequences. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if DOMA is ruled unconstitutional, the U.S. Treasury will actually net more money because of joint filings.

Historically, traditional marriage has been the beginning of family and family is the foundation of society. The crusade to redefine marriage is primarily making marriage an institution about adults. Children are secondary. But nature itself shows the best environment for young to be raised is with a mother and father. For the time being at least, federal law says marriage is “one man and one woman.” Several states, however have changed their definition through their courts, legislation and most recently the ballot. The definition of marriage is unsettled.

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