Americans should have the right to marry whomever they choose

May 21, 2012

Marriage is a choice that two people make, and the legal system shouldn't be a third party to the decision. Making same-sex marriage illegal is akin to criminalizing a black person's marriage to a white person or an American's right to marry a Mexican. The law has no business in the personal choice of who to marry. An American should have the right to marry the person of their choice.

I am disgusted by the self-righteous, pious church-going Americans who want to "protect the sanctity of marriage" by forbidding gay people the right to marry. I am reminded of a New Yorker cartoon in which a husband looks up from his newspaper and turns to his wife to say, "So now gays want to marry. Haven't they suffered enough?" If marriage is so sacred in the U.S., why do we have such a huge percentage of divorces?

Perhaps this issue will doom President Obama's chance of re-election. But it seals my respect for him. It will be the country's loss and the sanctimonious nay-sayers will get what they deserve in Mitt Romney.

Nancy Williamson, Baltimore

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