Debating the impact of the court’s decision
I am a person who “abhors” Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions on same-sex couples’ constitutional rights (“To those who dislike these results: Are you truly harmed?” Letter of the Day, June 27). It represents the degree to which we have fallen as a society.
Everyone is affected by how each one of us chooses to live. Some same-sex couples want to have children. This cannot happen naturally. Same-sex couples cannot bring forth new life. The fruit of their sexual acts is death, not life. Bringing forth new life is a fundamental act of marriage and the way we continue as a society.
Marriage and its benefits are not the correct place for same-sex unions. This sanctioning of same-sex unions as marriage will bring confusion and disorder to all areas of functioning in our society. Time will tell.
KATHLEEN HOFFMAN, Minneapolis
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As a religious issue, gay marriage obviously offends some people. Like it or not, however, the very first words in the very first sentence of the very first article in the Bill of Rights ensures that no religion gets to write our laws — the people decide. We are a secular nation, and if Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and others prefer a theocracy, they are free to move to one.
As a social issue, opponents’ arguments fail to hold water. Gay people are no more or less law-abiding or contributing than anyone else. And for the life of me I can’t figure out how gay marriage affects my marriage or any other heterosexual marriage.
This issue is fundamentally a civil-rights issue, and the court got it right. We don’t single out a class of people to discriminate against. Justice Antonin Scalia, unintentionally of course, actually put it in the best words when he accused the court of “declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency.” That sounds about right.
GEORGE F. GREENE, Brooklyn Park
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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex marriage is fully a state-level debate. In light of the fact that it was made legal in Minnesota last month, I am moved to think about the fact that our state’s gay married couples will enjoy full state and federal benefits of marriage soon (as they should).
I think the debate will soon become an economic one, state by state. Think about the huge advantage Minnesota now has over, say, Wisconsin in attracting business and talent. Minnesota will become a very attractive place for many young, educated and creative people. In the coming years, state legislators across the country will be arguing to allow same-sex marriage simply to improve the local economy. States that don’t do so will continue to rank toward the bottom of economic health.
DON JACOBSON, Minneapolis
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