Let's Move on With Intelligence
In my 17 years of reading The Pilot, I’ve never been compelled to write a letter until reading Bonnie Dougherty’s piece regarding “traditional marriage” (April 15). Viewpoints such as Ms. Dougherty’s demonize the stance of gay people.
Gay adults, by most reports, account for approximately 4 percent of the adult population.
We have seen all too frequently the hypocritical comments of individuals regarding the gay population (look no further than the United States Congress to recognize social and political posturing).
It is easy for Ms. Dougherty and her compatriots to ramble from a soapbox, yet I’d like to hear subsequent comments when a close family member reports he or she is gay and wants to marry.
Furthermore, the argument “without the ability to produce natural children together, why marry?” is suspect. So an older couple past child-bearing years or another who for medical reasons cannot reproduce should also be forbidden from marrying?
I truly believe that we are all created equal and deserve to be treated with mutual respect. An individual’s sexual orientation should be respected, not condemned. One certainty in life is that things will always change.
I’m hoping Ms. Dougherty’s views are those of a naive, uninformed minority, and that as a government we can move forward in a secular, intelligent, cohesive manner and leave this demagoguery behind us.
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