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Equal protection

Dear Editor:

The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up two cases dealing with same-sex marriage. Don’t know how the court will rule, but I’m heartened to see this issue addressed by our highest court.

I believe in individual freedom, limited government and family values. So, from a legal perspective, I see precious little reason to prohibit consenting adults from entering into a committed relationship under the equal protection and accountability of our laws.

From a societal perspective, I see no harm accruing to traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Allowing same-sex marriage takes nothing away from my marriage. If there is a danger to my marriage, it most likely comes from my own behavior — not from others.

Nor do I see a religious reason for withholding equal marriage rights under the law. The protestant denomination to which I belong prohibits same-sex marriage within the church. While I don’t agree with that prohibition, I accept it while supporting those within the church who advocate change. Regardless, my religion should not seek to restrain civil behavior except through moral suasion.

Our society has come a long way in my lifetime toward reducing our prejudices based on gender, religion, race and national origin. If we could do the same with political orientation, our country might get moving again.

It’s time to revoke our prejudicial application of civil and criminal law as they relate to sexual orientation. Our laws should view all people as having equal opportunity and equal protection imposing restrictions only as individual behavior adversely impacts others.

Jay Davison

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.
  • J.W. Griffin

    It seems that the moral issues of homosexuality plays no part in the minds of those that support this movement.
    The homosexuals have every right of every other American. It appears to me that they are bent on forcing the acceptance of their immoral life style on all of us.
    The life style they choose to live is their choice and their business.
    This campaign, by the homosexuals to change the definition of marriage , is disgusting at best.

  • D.A.M.

    J.W. I would like to point out that one of your statements in your response is incorrect “The homosexuals have every right of every other american” The reason we are fighting for marriage is because we do not have the same rights. For those of us that are able to be on our partners benefits have to pay additional taxes, if my partner ends up in the hospital I will not be able to see him or make decisions for him. It is not your place to judge and say our lifestyle is immoral. I suggest you get your head out of the homosexuals bedroom and look at them as people who have a serious companionship.