Gay marriage opponents resort to scare tactics

March 01, 2011

I was disappointed by Annie Linskey's reporting in her article "Same-sex marriage foes late to battle" (Feb. 27). I fully support balanced coverage and recognize the right for both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage to express their views. However, I find it surprising that Del. Don Dwyer's statements about explicit pamphlets being distributed to children in Massachusetts were allowed to stand on their own in the article. Delegate Dwyer's assertion is not true and is a scare tactic. The arguments put forth by opponents of same-sex marriage are largely based on fear, and the lack of fact-checking in this article only feeds that fear.

Opponents of same-sex marriage often like to assert that gays and lesbians are choosing to live a "deviant" lifestyle. If he believes this, I would like to ask Delegate Dwyer if he wakes up every morning and makes a conscious decision to be heterosexual. The arguments are hollow.

My partner and I are citizens of this state. We are in a long-term, committed relationship. The everyday details of our life could be seen as boring and no different from our heterosexual neighbors. Working full-time, taking care of the house, volunteering in our community, spending time with friends and family. We do not live in a theocracy. We are asking for civil marriage and all of the rights and responsibilities that go along with it.

Jennifer Berg, Baltimore

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