November 20, 2008

Traditional marriage still social cornerstone

It is with real sadness that I have viewed the pictures and heard the words of homosexuals in California protesting the failure of the same-sex marriage referendum ("Gay activists direct ire over marriage ban at Mormons," Nov. 7). Their signs accuse opponents of same-sex marriage of being "homophobic" and call for stopping the "hate."

Certainly, there may be some same-sex marriage foes who hate or are homophobic. But that does not describe those I know in Maryland who would oppose such a referendum.

Some of us have homosexual children or relatives or friends, and we neither hate nor disrespect them. We merely disagree with them.

For us, marriage involves the union of a man and a woman, a premise that goes far back in time and makes the family the cornerstone of society.

Such a union gives support to the couples who propagate the species and nurture children to maturity. For many of us, this union has a spiritual base. For some, it is even a sacrament.

I would hope that gay activists would grant the same respect to those of us who disagree with them that they desire for themselves.

Myra Welsh, Cockeysville

Teach kids respect along with skills

On Monday, Penn State University psychology professor Karen Bierman suggested that children in preschool need to be taught social skills as well as their ABCs ("Sound off," Nov. 17). Seventy- and eightysomething adults have recognized this fact for a long time.

I would only add that these social skills should include respect for other people and their property and an understanding of why the laws we have ought to be obeyed.

Richard L. Lelonek, Baltimore

New road jerseys evoke simpler era

Seeing the word "Baltimore" across the chest of the Orioles' road jerseys put me in a time machine back to the early 1970s, when my dad took me to my first Orioles game as a 7-year-old ("Baltimore's return," editorial notebook, Nov. 15).

Unfortunately, I don't view baseball with the innocence and naivete of a 7-year-old anymore. But I am pretty sure that when I watch the first road game next season, the jerseys will remind me of a time when innocence ruled.

Ralph Watson, Severna Park

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