Let's Keep Talking About Gay Marriage.A Lot.
(Re: Opinion/Editorial, Aug. 15)
I don't know where to begin to respond to this strange opinion piece. I suppose the first thing is to respond to Mr. Gordon's question, "Why does the public have an interest in gay marriage? What public good does it serve?" I would answer this with a quote from Martin Luther King: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." It is injustice for the state to deny to some couples that want to commit to each other a benefit that is available to other couples.
I am part of the majority of Americans who now support marriage equality. I don't support it because I don't want to be seen as a bigot: I support it because it is the right thing to do. I try to put myself in the other person's shoes: how would I feel if the state told me that I could not marry the person I love and want to spend my life with?
Mr. Gordon's comment about the government being "obliged to enhance the pleasure individuals derive from sexual activity" is just weird. Being married doesn't enhance the pleasure I get from sex with my wife; that is not the reason people want to get married (gay or straight)!
I think that a perfectly reasonable argument can be made that there is a societal benefit to state recognition of marriage. Promoting stable, committed relationships helps to stabilize society, regardless of whether children are involved. When children are involved, anything that keeps the two parents committed to each other benefits the children. Why should gay/lesbian families with children be denied that benefit? Those families exist already, whether the couple is legally married or not.
In addition, children are better off when they are planned and wanted. The percentage of same-sex married couples having children by accident must approach zero. It could even be argued that marriage equality will result in fewer children with "broken" homes. My own brother-in-law married a woman because of societal pressure even though he was secretly gay. They had a son, and later, when my brother-in-law could not "live a lie" anymore, the couple divorced.
I'm glad my nephew is alive, but isn't it better that that gay/lesbian people (at least in some places) experience less pressure to "be like everyone else"?
-- kwycoff, via urbantulsa.com
A Call for Open Revolt. That Almost Never Goes Wrong.
It's well past time for citizens of the USA to politically revolt against our elected governing elite, or EGE. The EGE has mal-served our country for decades. Congressmen have served their own personal greed, and members of both parties have worked to advance their own party's strength. Meanwhile, the welfare of the country has been ignored. America is no longer respected around the world, agencies of our government are abusing and spying on us citizens, the national debt and deficit have America on the brink of financial collapse, and now Congress has exempted its members and their staff members from Obamacare. Enough is enough!
If your Congressperson (1) doesn't deserve an A+ for service in Congress and (2) strongly support abolishing the IRS and (3) openly advocate replacing the income tax with the FairTax, you should work to defeat your Congressman in the 2014 primary election.
We can have a new Congress if we are willing to do our part. All that is required of you is talk to your friends, neighbors and colleagues at work; then go to the polls on the day of primary elections and vote for change that really matters!
-- Glen E. Terrell
Because Book-Learnin' Never Blowed Up No Enemies
Our national security could be in jeopardy if the $500 billion in sequestration defense cuts are implemented. Our military had to absorb $80 billion in prior cuts and is now cutting $487 billion over 10 years to comply with the Budget Control Act.
The $487 billion in cuts translates into the Army reducing its forces by 80,000 soldiers over the next five years. The Marines will cut 20,000 troops. Other cuts include early retirement of ships with the possibility of having 11 carrier battle groups instead of the 12 needed; the retirement of the Air Force A-10 Warthog aircraft; and the possible closure of our only tank production facility in Lima, Ohio.
These cuts are occurring while leaving the Pentagon's civilian workforce of 750,000 unscathed. DOD added 62,000 civilians during the past four years.
If the additional $500 billion in sequestration cuts are implemented, over 1 million civilian full-time jobs with contractors, sub-contractors and ancillary businesses will be lost. The unemployment rate could increase 0.5 to 1.0 percent, and the US Gross Domestic Product could decrease by $85 billion.
The Obama Administration and Congress have to find other ways to reduce the deficit without adversely impacting our national defense.
-- Donald A. Moskowitz
Exclamation Points Mean I'm Serious!
Obama seems like Marie Antoinette by booking 70 hotel rooms at rates of up to $345 per night for Secret Service agents so that he can bond with the one percent who he shows so much disdain for! To add insult to injury Obama uses an accident-ridden, extremely expensive-to-fly Boeing V-22 Osprey to bring there (sic) dog Bo up to Martha's Vineyard. While most of us would try to minimize our costs vacationing, King Obama seems to relish running up his tab which tax payers, other than General Electric, pay. In the meantime, he works the sequester to deny working people their wages as over 23 million households require food stamps! What a guy! What a guy!
-- Joseph DuPont
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