I want to thank Mike Crowe for his comments in the Feb. 18 edition. They help clarify the stakes of the arguments for and against same-sex marriage. Mr. Crowe is refreshingly candid, stating that his opposition is funded not by his feelings about gay and lesbian people but by his understanding of the Bible.
Much of the current debate is based on misinformation, and clarity is much needed. For instance, it is not the case that gay and lesbian people are promiscuous and incapable of loving, monogamous relationships (at least not any more so than heterosexual people). Therefore, those who claim that gays and lesbians do not merit the right to legalized marriage because they are incapable of forming lasting, committed bonds are misinformed.
It is not the case that gays and lesbians are prone to child sexual or emotional abuse (at least not more so than heterosexuals, statistically less so). Therefore, the claim that gays and lesbians should not be allowed to marry, form families, and adopt children because they will physically and/or emotionally harm children in their custody is unfounded. I know from experience that neither of these assertions is true.