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Fri, July 19

Letter: Sanctity of marriage is not at risk

EDITOR:

Your recent editorial urging a "yes" vote on Prop. 102 argues that it is necessary to preserve the sanctity of marriage, an oft-repeated argument that has absolutely no basis in either logic or fact.

As a happily married ordained minister, I can tell you that same-sex marriages currently flourishing in Massachusetts and California have absolutely no ill effect on either my marriage or my religious community.

Your own argument is so illogical that it's nonsensical: "Our founding fathers thought it important to protect religious freedom. Along those lines, we must protect the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman - regardless of whether people of the same sex have relationships." That makes no sense, and worse yet is not true. Marriages in those states that now permit loving same-sex marriages have (or don't have) every bit as much "sanctity" as they did before, regardless of what anyone else's marriage looks like.

Prohibiting the blessing of someone else's marriage just because it doesn't look like our own is, in fact, both prejudice and a subtle form of hatred, and should in no way be sanctified.

John Lundin

Prescott

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