Emotion doesn’t make argument

I think we’re going to be hearing a lot of noise about gay marriage over the next few weeks. It’s a very divisive issue to be sure. Personally, I don’t see the problem. No one is telling the churches they have to perform same-sex marriages. As far as I know, no one is taking anything away from traditionally married couples. But I am open minded.

I’ve seen and read letters and opinions from folks that oppose gay marriage. But I have yet to see any convincing arguments justifying overturning our state’s gay marriage law. Some say it’s against God’s will. But haven’t we already passed legislation saying God has no place in politics (remember, no mangers on city or state property at Christmas — or any mention of God in schools?) Gays can already adopt children, as can single folk. Comments in The Herald and other media have intimated gays might “train” their kids to be gay. Seriously? Shouldn’t we be just as concerned about “traditional” parents who are abusive, addicted to drugs or alcohol or are otherwise ne’er-do-wells? Where do we draw the line?

I understand it’s an emotional issue. But if you strip away religion and emotion, what’s left? I’ve got an open mind. I would welcome input from anyone opposed gay marriage. As long as it provides a practical reason why gay marriage should be banned. Otherwise, if your religious views don’t support homosexual unions, take it up with your church. If your personal values don’t support gay marriage, I respect that. Vote your conscience. But if you’re going to persuade me (and probably many others) to vote to overturn gay marriage in our state, please give me a practical and rational reason why I should change my opinion.

Sven Mogelgaard

Mill Creek

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