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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Traditional marriage still popular with majority

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In preparing the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman - attorney Paul D. Clement was twice cited as saying attorneys must defend unpopular political causes ("Firm drops defense of marriage case," Page 1, April 26).

Mr. Clement resigned from his law firm when it rescinded a contract it had made with the U.S. House of Representatives to defend DOMA. He said, "Defending unpopular positions is what lawyers do." Marriage may be unpopular in his former law firm and among homosexuals but it is not unpopular with the vast majority of people.

Marriage is also popular with God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, as he ordained marriage as the way one man and one woman unite in order to produce children and continue the human race. Pope John Paul II delved into God's plan for marriage in his "Theology of the Body." Homosexuals cannot procreate and therefore, can never be considered "married" any more than fish can fly.

The article concerning Mr. Clement also mentioned that DOMA passed overwhelmingly in Congress in 1996, but is now very controversial because "states ... began legalizing same-sex unions." That really should have read: "the judiciary in several states have imposed their erroneous opinions that homosexuals can marry."

Whenever the majority votes on the issue, marriage for one man and one woman wins.


Silver Spring

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