Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 01, 2004

Gay marriage will be harmful to our children

The Sun fails to realize that not everyone who opposes gay marriage does so on religious grounds. Many people understand that men and women bring different perspectives into a household, and that both of these are imperative to raising a grounded, caring, intelligent and well-rounded child ("Mosaic of change," editorial, Feb. 26).

Statistics suggest that children from homes in which both the mother and the father reside have the greatest chance of success in our society. And the rest of society often ends up supporting children raised in households without the benefit of a mother and a father.

Allowing gay marriage and gay adoption shows an ignorance as to what is and isn't important in raising a child.

Michael DeCicco

Severn

Double dose of bias against Christians

The Sun gave us a double dose of anti-Christian bias on Thursday's editorial page.

The first editorial, "Mosaic of change" (Feb. 26), supports the homosexual lifestyle, which is clearly in opposition to the Bible.

The Sun said some Christians believe that homosexual behavior is a sin. That is true, but that is not the reason it is a sin.

The reason that homosexual behavior is a sin is because God's word calls it sin. What men say may or may not matter, but what God's word says is the standard for Christians and our society.

After supporting a lifestyle that contradicts God's word, The Sun had the gall to title an editorial critical of the movie The Passion of the Christ "Not the Gospel truth" (Feb. 26).

I suspect the editors got their labels mixed up.

James R. Cook

Joppa

Clerks, judges usurp right to change laws

The Sun's editorial "Mosaic of change (Feb. 26) intimated that judges, clerks and mayors allowing gay marriages are all on what would appear to be the edge of a social revolution.

Putting the question of The Sun's (or anyone's) position on same-sex marriage aside, my objection is to the process by which these judges, clerks and mayors are going about it. By putting their opinion above all others, they have taken away one of the underpinnings of a free republic -- my right to have my opinion represented.

The question of same-sex marriage should be put on the table for debate. Air it out, then vote on it and let the chips fall where they may. Trust the people to voice a position they are comfortable with and trust their representatives to carry out their wishes.

But as far as I am concerned, the public servants who have violated the law of the land violated the pledge they all took to uphold that law, and should be reprimanded and not held up as some kind of revolutionaries.

Jim Caffey

Columbia

Same-sex marriages won't alter other ties

The proposal to amend the Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage is political nonsense ("Bush calls for amendment to bar gay marriage," Feb. 25). Same-sex couples have always lived together and always will. Permitting them to get married or join in civil unions will not affect my marriage, my family or my moral values.

As taxpaying citizens, they deserve at least equal protection under the law.

Religious purists who object to this lifestyle should mind their own business, and then they won't be affected either.

Robert Schulze

Elkridge

Bush makes mockery of equality under law

I think it is morally reprehensible that the "leader of the free world" would openly support overt discrimination ("Bush calls for amendment to bar gay marriage," Feb. 25).

The proposed marriage amendment only serves to further marginalize part of the populace.

Whatever happened to the American imperative equal rights under the law?

Apparently some Republicans, including President Bush, do not believe in this great basis of the American political system.

James W. Hong

Catonsville

Amendment cements a legacy of division

In calling for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, President Bush cemented his status as the most divisive president in recent memory ("Bush calls for amendment to bar gay marriage," Feb. 25).

As a straight, married couple, we are deeply disappointed by the president's attempt to deny critical rights to a large group of Americans. Instead of working to unite the country around common concerns such as domestic security and the economy, Mr. Bush has apparently chosen to use same-sex marriage as an election-year wedge issue.

Equally troubling is the prospect that this inequity might become enshrined in our nation's most important document.

The history of the U.S. Constitution is one of protecting citizens' rights, not curtailing them. A constitutional amendment singling out certain Americans for discrimination would set a disturbing precedent.

We hope that Americans of every orientation who value the principles on which the Constitution rests will reject the proposed amendment.

Kim Collins Moreno

Kevin Griffin Moreno

Baltimore

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