Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Initiative to define marriage a flop, says The Times
Changing “unions” to “marriages” is not the answer
In a recent editorial “No wedding bans” [July 9], The Times wrote that the controversy against same-sex marriage has no rational starting place and went on to say that it does not impugn or threaten heterosexual marriage.
I disagree and would like to tell you my view for the sake of the discussion; people in same-sex unions already enjoy all of the benefits of married people, and this is good inasmuch as it supports monogamy, which is a value we all can appreciate. But if the state takes the further step of calling this union “marriage,” then it looks like it is supporting a view of sexuality that completely separates sex from its natural fecundity and responsibility, to the point that it just becomes a drug.
This is a view that harms all of us and which we should work to put down. I hope that gay people realize that we love them without needing this empty and false sign of it.
— William Gomes, Bothell