Letter: Why hide behind sacred term?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The July 3 Columbian story "Gates, Ballmer back gay marriage" gave coverage to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer for their $100,000 gifts to support passage of Referendum 74 in support of gay marriage. The story made sure to mention Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Nike, implying that, if these high-profile individuals and businesses support gay marriage it must be good.
I'm amazed that gays, a small percentage of the population, have such influence on these individuals and companies. Why the push for gay marriage when same-sex unions more correctly describe the relationship and guarantee all the rights gays demand? There is no getting around the fact that two men or two women are not the same as a man and a woman in a sexual relationship.
The term marriage has stood for the union of men and women. Could it be that the motivation to hide behind a sacred term that represents the most wholesome of relationships is to sanitize a relationship that historically has been deemed abhorrent and socially unacceptable? This attempt to hijack the term marriage and rewrite history should be stopped.
Clifford B. Hodgins