Same-sex marriage

November 14, 2009 8:35:00 PM

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I am writing to express my disgust that you would choose to print the repugnant letter from Gerry Jones on 11/9. I am tired of hearing that the "people have spoken" on the issue of same-sex marriage. Marriage is a basic civil right.  

 


The public cannot vote on civil rights; they are naturally possessed by the citizens of the nation. If we had had to wait for popular approval to grant other excluded groups civil rights, we''d still live in a slave-owning country where men who didn''t own property and all women couldn''t vote.  

 


I am a bisexual woman who happens to have fallen in love with and married a delightful man; I shudder to think of the happiness I''d be missing had my beloved happened to be a woman instead. I urge everyone who opposes this issue to put themselves in the other''s place for just a moment.  

 


This is indeed a "historic battle for the minds and souls of our children," but it is a battle that can only be won by teaching them that everyone has certain basic rights, regardless of their gender, religion, or sexual orientation. If we can deny basic rights to others because of our differences, hasn''t the battle for our souls already been lost? 

 


Megan Stoner Morgan, Athens, Ga.