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2011-07-14 / Letters to the Editor

Same-sex marriage has huge impact

David Sherman wrote in his recent column, “Civil rights, human rights find acceptance in Albany,” that the controversial law redefining marriage that was imposed on New York by Democrats and a small band of Republicans “will be invisible to me in my admittedly shallow world.”

He shared that if bills to legalize marijuana or the staging of dog fights were passed, he would have the same feeling.

It’s disturbing that Sherman considers these issues to be superficial ones.

Sherman frames the argument for same-sex marriage in terms of civil rights. But the civil rights cloak doesn’t fit. Sexual preferences are not the same as the gender or race a person is born with, and many civil rights activists are offended by the comparison.

He ignores the differences between men and women, their suitability for childbearing and their complementarity in child rearing. Rather than attaching children to their biological parents, same-sex marriage is the vehicle that separates children from a parent.

Marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, more teens are in treatment each year for marijuana dependence than for alcohol and all other illegal drugs combined.

I wonder if Sherman has seen footage showing the abused and neglected fighting dogs owned by Michael Vick. Dogs have no choice about fighting. Those that will fight are tortured and eventually killed, and those that can’t fight are used as bait dogs.

If Sherman lived in the “real world,” the truth about the impact of ruinous legislation that he condones like the redefinition of marriage would be obvious to him.

Kathryn Dillon
Denrose Drive
Amherst

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