Social change doesn't alter true marriage

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Concerning the letter "Gay lifestyle undermines fabric of society" (Dec. 12) by Jackie Woolf:

I agree with this writer that there is simply no evidence that the primary purpose of marriage has evolved to include gays and lesbians. What has evolved is the desire of some same-sex partners to change the definition of marriage in order to have access to the institution. Herein lies the real discrimination.

The latest Massachusetts ruling on gay marriages represents a regressive ethic.

The fact that many people have been drawn away from Judeo-Christian values today does not invalidate the family as the fundamental cell of society. The family - and through it, all human society - have their source and origin in marriage. Marriage is still ordered to the procreation and education of offspring even if this has eluded the minds and hearts of contemporary man. As the basic expression of man's social nature, marriage can only be understood as the lawful union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Let us hope that the U.S. Supreme Court have the greater foresight and fortitude; that its members work to uphold the institution of marriage as it is defined and not deconstruct it to appear as merely an expression of free love.

Paul Kokoski

Hamilton, Ontario


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