As I write this letter I am hearing news of a highway project being halted because of the discovery of a spider! Examples of caution abound in the construction world whenever projects are proposed, all with the question whether they might disrupt the natural order. That is as it should be. But when it comes to redefining marriage no such caution exists at all.
The pro-homosexual marriage column on the Viewpoints page of the Opinion section of Sunday’s Herald failed to address even one potential damaging consequence of redefining marriage. Tragically, this same failure to address consequences is repeated across the entire movement, including editorialists and politicians. Homosexuals have the right to live as they choose. Accommodating visitation privileges for loved ones is a reasonable request that society can work to achieve. But the utter lack of reflection, and the judgment of politicians that the overthrow of traditional marriage is the only way to achieve that goal, must all be judged as gross incompetence.
Drop the nonsensical straw-man assertion that redefining marriage has no impact on existing married couples. No straight person argues otherwise. The harm goes to children and young people in need of a time-tested vision of what it means to one day marry and have a family. The harm also extends to parents who struggle to instill this vision. Government must not stand in their way, most especially with the kinds of leaders that are intent on blindly pushing their agenda ahead with no foresight at all.
Rev. Gary Jensen
(Zion Lutheran Church, Snohomish)