Attempts to deny civil rights are misguidedDecember 10, 2013
To the editor:
I am writing in response to Lawrence L. Persohn’s letter to the editor (Dec. 4). Although Mr. Persohn randomly referenced several topics in his letter; I would like to address what I think he’s objecting to in his first two paragraphs: same-sex marriage.
As I read Mr. Persohn’s letter my memory clicked back to another (and continuing) contentious historic battle in this great country: women’s equal rights. I reference a few examples:
”¢ Women’s right to own property not won until 1900 and then by order of a “brain-dead judge;”
Women’s right to vote — 1919;
”¢ A woman’s right to access birth control without her husband’s permission — 1965;
”¢ Women’s equal access to educational programs — 1972;
”¢ A woman’s right not to be discriminated against because she is pregnant — 1978; and
Spousal rape wasn’t outlawed until 1993 and then by order of a “brain-dead judge.”
I remember, as I’m guessing you do, Mr. Persohn, the good old days and frankly they weren’t all that good. I don’t want my grandchildren to grow up in a country governed by bigotry, intolerance, self-righteousness and your religious dogma. I want my grandchildren to be free to be whoever they may be, believe as they see fit and experience the promise of this great nation unencumbered by any one religious doctrine exactly as our forebears intended.
I honestly don’t understand the vitriol surrounding the same-sex marriage debate. What in the world does a couple’s declaration of love and commitment have to do with another’s choice of commitment? Goodness gracious, Mr. Persohn, no one is demanding that you engage in a same-sex marriage or, for that matter, that you change anything about your own choice. Why do you feel you have the right to impose your belief on anyone else?
Enough already. We’re all going to look back in a few years and wonder why so much energy and time was wasted on misguided attempts to deny American citizens their civil rights when there are so many more critical issues to address.
“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Winston Churchill
—Rebecca A. Dunlap
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