Letters to the editor for April 25, 2009
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#1 Apr 25, 2009
Defend traditional marriage between one man and one woman. That is what the vast majority of voters want. It is time to listen to the majority.
Where do you get your statistics? Recent polls show that the majority actually favor and tolerate same-sex partnership. Yes, it IS TIME to lay aside prejudice influenced by church lobbyists/organized religion and listen to the majority. If the church wants to involve itself politically and promote the issue, it has no business enjoying tax-exempt status.
#2 Apr 25, 2009
By claiming tax-exempt nonprofit status, a religious organization must not support or censure legislation, including soliciting for any political candidates whatsoever! To do so is in direct violation of the Internal Revenue Service's Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations.
Amen, Brothers and Sisters!
#3 Apr 25, 2009
Erwin Babb states: "Surveys have shown that children do better in stable homes with the traditional set of parents — mother and father."
I don't know what "surveys" Mr. Babb is referencing...possibly surveys of people, like himself, who might be afraid of losing some perceived advantage in the parenting heirarchy.
An organization that has been focused entirely on the health and well being of children since the 1920s has stated the following:
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) affirms that lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents are as well suited to raise children as their heterosexual counterparts.
#4 Apr 25, 2009
I wish one bigot could come up with a rational explanation of how same-sex marriage would impact them in the least.
"It affects the well-being of children..." ANY MENTION of children in the discussion about marriage is a canard. It is not required anyone have children to be married and having kids does not make a couple married.
When it comes to civil rights it is never time to 'listen to the majority.' It is ALWAYS time to follow the 14th amendment.
#5 Apr 25, 2009
Next big battleground with a MAJOR national impact will be New York. Siena College poll shows an outright majority of 53 percent of New York registered voters in favor of same sex marriage, with 39 percent opposed. SurveyUSA, has same-sex marriage favored by a 49-44 plurality. Interesting tab facts: Indys favor it 57-32, almost the same as the Dems 58-37. Men are a toss up at 47/48, but women are 58/39. under 55: 56/34.
Data from one of the finest statisticians covering politics: Nate Silver at www.fivethirtyeight.com
#6 Apr 25, 2009
FACTS have little bearing with bigots - they'll continue to spout unsubstantiated opinions rather than accept anything that contradicts their vision of the world,open-minded folks will appreciate Nate Silver's two EXCELLENT analyses.
Take away message from "Fact and Fiction on Gay Marriage Polling"
Support for gay marriage, however, is strongly generational. In a CBS news poll conducted last month, 64 percent of voters aged 18-45 supported either gay marriage or civil unions, but only 45 percent of voters aged 65 and up did. Civil unions have already achieved the support of an outright majority of Americans, and as those older voters are replaced by younger ones, the smart money is that gay marriage will reach majority status too at some point in the 2010's.
And take away from: "What Do Americans Think About Gay Rights and Discrimination?"
Yes, Americans are conflicted about same-sex marriage, but one thing they mostly agree on is support for anti-discrimination laws.
#7 May 1, 2009
I love the use of the term "protect marriage" a la whatshername who was almost crowned Miss America. If marriage needs protecting maybe it could/should come form all the married people who are divorcing all the time, who teach their children that marriage isn't so forever as we thought....
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