Having read with interest the ongoing discussions regarding the legalization of marriage for gay couples and the religious objections to it, I must reiterate that these opposing views are arguments that are as old as time itself. Religion and politics have historically formed separate factions, and such protestations rarely solidify opponents, as witnessed in your editorial pages. Those of us who have thought through these issues eventually embrace our own philosophy and credo for living. However, the central theme running through both scenarios is the preservation of the family unit, with values intact, that then supports in a positive way, a community, a state, a nation.
There is so much more at stake here than the definitive interpretation of the scriptures. We live in a world now rife with inappropriate messages and images that do more to undermine the family structure and the sanctity of marriage than ever before. Take, for example, the barrage of media we are exposed to daily that influences our young people, who are soon to make those assessments and commitments. For example, in the name of "reality TV," they are exposed to romantic midgets, gays' parodying of straights and vice versa, false engagements and fake fiancs, and the extreme body alterations some go through to enhance lovability and acceptance. These inane portrayals of relationships do their harm by devaluing the sincere quest for being loved for who we truly are, within a committed and long-lasting union, that each of us has. On that point, at least we should be able to agree. Then, hopefully, our combined energies could affect change and demand better examples of living together in the real world.