Don't let empathy determine gay marriage vote

February 16, 2011

Reading the editorial, "Vote for history" (Feb. 16) made me wonder. Do our legislators vote with their brains or their hearts? Personally, I have a great deal of love and understanding for those who choose alternative lifestyles. I also have a great deal of love and understanding for drug addicts, unwed mothers, the criminally insane, etc. I would hope that our legislators who may share in my personal "feelings" would use their intelligence in casting their votes now and in the future. Empathy (knowing and loving) is not a good foundation for making decisions! And following the crowd (peer pressure) is also a poor excuse for a legislator's vote!

Pat Kasuda, Catonsville

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