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Letters to the Editor

Civil rights issue

March 3, 2011

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To the editor:

This is a response to Carl Burkhead’s recent letter regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (Public Forum, March 1).

Dear Mr. Burkhead: This is a free country. You are entitled to your opinion, welcome to believe anything that you wish and free to worship (or not) as you see fit. However, our government is secular. We are not a theocracy beholden to any religious ideology. Biblical scripture, the Christian concept of sin and the Christian definition of marriage are irrelevant to the issue at hand regarding the Defense of Marriage Act. This is a civil rights issue.

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Brent Garner 3 years, 1 month ago

Whether you think DOMA is good or bad law is irrelevent. The relevent point is that the president of the United States does not have the right, power, or privilege to unilaterally change the law by refusing to defend the law. That is a dereliction of duty! That is a failure to carry out his responsibilities under the Constitution. That could well be an imipeachable offense!

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Ray Parker 3 years, 1 month ago

There is no civil right to have sodomy recognized by government benefits and handouts.

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Larry Miller 3 years, 1 month ago

The secular definition of marriage in our law comes from the Judeo-Christian definition. The state has a very definite interest in marriage. Many property laws are based on marriage. In addition we know that it is best for children to be in a family with a mother and father.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

R1_mom: Could be; thanks for the advice

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R1_mom 3 years, 1 month ago

I think you are confusing strident with succinct. Just straight to the point.

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Getaroom 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for your short and to the point letter B. Foster. You have made the necessary and most important points to be made.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Foster: I tend to agree with you, but you seem needlessly strident. Marriage is yet another human invention, like gods, holy works, morality, etc. Who marries whom is none of the state's business and the act itself is merely contractual and financial. Any meaning injected into the relationship is the responsibility of the parties and not the state.

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