Marriage is about far more than legal rights
H.C. Harris, in a Letter to the Editor on July 10 under the headline "Sunshine is the best disinfectant" argued that all positions on the topic should be aired freely, and we agree. We, too, urge everyone toward a mature civic dialog that refrains from name-calling and insults.
After thoughtful study of both sides of the issue, we will be voting for the marriage amendment, desiring to preserve the unique and foundational status and role of marriage.
We believe it is best — for families and children and society — to maintain a special title and place for one man and one woman committed to being a family. It is a healthy model and a societal building block that deserves unique respect.
Legal rights should not be withheld from gay couples, but the definition of marriage doesn't need to be changed to provide these rights. We want to be part of a society which tolerates diversity, yes, but at the same time, holds fast to an important, dominant social value which has endured for thousands of years. It is a difficult balancing act, but an important one.
Chris and Jo Brekke