'Taught in schools' is valid Question 6 concern

November 02, 2012

In reporter Annie Linskey's analysis of an opposition ad against Question 6 ("Claim about marriage referendum is disputed," Oct. 30), she concludes that consequences are not part of the decision to vote on a referendum, but part of a "broader narrative." Her statement ignores the consequences demonstrated by the ad she criticizes were the result of a federal judge's decision permitting inclusion of same-sex marriage in the curriculum after same-sex marriage was approved in another state. The judge meant that teaching what is legal can be allowed regardless of parental disagreement.

If approval of a referendum will have unintended ("no guidance" to teachers) consequences, they are not part of a "broader narrative" as Ms. Linskey claims. Consequences are always to be considered when voting on an issue.

Consequently, the results discussed in the ad by opponents of Question 6 are what has happened in other states approving same-sex marriage and should be given more credibility than statements by an education department representative who can only say the question is silent regarding discussion of marriage in school curriculum.

Charles Herr, Baltimore

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