- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As Tara Wall of the Washington Times put it, “Marriage, as clearly defined through the ages, is between one man and one woman. You don’t need a constitutional amendment for that - it is inherently applied common sense” (“A marriage mandate,” Op-Ed, Tuesday). The fact that the preponderance of the California electorate approved Proposition 8 should settle the question in the minds of most Americans. After all, do California residents not have the right to determine the definition of marriage?

The intimidation of Mormons and blacks will hardly convert anyone to the homosexual cause. In fact, such sinister tactics will have exactly the opposite effect. Calling the electorate into question for the outcome of Proposition 8 is hardly an effective strategy if activists expect to rally Americans to their cause. Yet some will stop at nothing to promote a cause, even when it is antithetical to the core values and traditions of the American people.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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I wish to commend the voters of California for having the courage and foresight to vote for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Their decision to bar gay marriage is a reflection of the true heart and soul of a nation in touch with its democratic roots and moral foundation.

There is simply no evidence that the primary purpose of marriage has evolved to include gays and lesbians. First, the Bible clearly and unequivocally condemns homosexual acts. Secondly, there is no scientific evidence to confirm homosexual activity as normal behavior. The so-called “gay gene” has never been found.

Once gay marriage becomes legal, the state’s coercive power will punish those who refuse to embrace gay marriages. Under a legal regime that permits homosexual marriage, public officials will be obliged to officiate at same-sex “weddings,” and public schools will be required to teach children the acceptability of homosexual marriages regardless of their parents’ wishes. This already is happening in Canada.

Gay marriage is an oxymoron. The family is the fundamental cell of society. The family - and through it, all human society - has its source and origin in marriage. Marriage is ordered to the procreation and education of offspring.

As the basic expression of man’s social nature, marriage exists solely between a man and a woman who, through their personal gift of self to each other, perfect one another into a communion of persons. This human development of the spouses and the proper nurturing of children who are the fruit of such unions make an immense contribution to the common good of society. One does not need to have any particular religion or belong to a particular political party to recognize this, or that the family based on marriage is the best way to bring up happy, productive children.

Caesar Augustus, a pagan, sought to strengthen Roman society by outlawing adultery and sodomy and by encouraging traditional marriage and procreation. He understood that there is such a thing as public morality. Emperor Augustus saw this, but it was too late to overcome the sexual licence of the late Roman Republic. This was the real reason why it collapsed.

In defending traditional marriage and family, one does not limit but rather defends personal freedom and dignity realistically and authentically understood.

PAUL KOKOSKI

Hamilton, Ontario

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