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Letter to the editor: Rebutting argument against gay marriage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:01 am

This letter is in response to Marlin Culy's ridiculous argument against gay marriage (Jan. 24).

First off, Mr. Culy, the result of one man and one woman being united in marriage is the friendship, companionship, security and enjoyment found in legal status of the couple.

Yes, some marriages result in children, but there are many who benefit from marriage outside the range of procreation. Elderly persons for sure do not produce children, so with your statement they would produce consequences and not results.

While we are on the subject, just what consequences come from same-sex couples? I've been with my same-sex partner, both of us decorated veterans of the U.S. military, for over 36 years, and I'll tell you some of our “consequences” that you refer to.

Both of us having good-paying, long-term jobs that allowed us to retire comfortably. Having families who love and care about us, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews who have enjoyed and continue to enjoy staying a night or two at our home.

Neighborhood children who have at times found a safe place to come and play, study and be tutored or just talk about what is going on in their lives while learning such things as carpentry, auto repair and gardening.

Neighbors who have allowed us to take the reins of our home owners association as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer at different times and continue to ask for opinions in matters concerning the neighborhood.

Yes, there have some threats and name-calling when we walked down the street minding our own business and some other unpleasant such happenings, but those were caused by ignorance and hate, not by us being a gay couple.

We have spent thousands of dollars to protect our legal matters, matters which heterosexual couples get from a small ceremony for free. The second part of HJR 3 as it is written would nullify those protections and legal documents, not just for us but for all unmarried couples, straight or gay.

There are no consequences for gay couples, but many for all of us if HJR 3 passes as it stands.

As for your referral to the Bible and Sodom and Gomorrah you are forgetting that God gave up trying to control his human beings and sent his son to form a new covenant. That son died for all of our sins, not just some.

John D. Higgins