DEAR MICHAEL BROWN: Your claims of "spiritual apostasy" are irrelevant in our secular culture. And "immorality?" Actually, the morality of Gay marriage is comparable to the morality of Straight marriage: It is morally and ethically preferable to encourage people toward monogamy and commitment, rather than relegating them to lives of loneliness and possibly promiscuity. Studies have repeatedly shown that the benefits are substantial: 1: Married couples typically contribute more and take less from society. 2: Married couples support and care for each other financially, physically and emotionally and often contribute more to the economy and savings. 3: Individuals who are married are less likely to receive government entitlements. 4: Individuals who are married statistically consume less health care services, and often give more to churches and charities. 5: Married couples are better able to provide care and security for children. So what sense does it make to exclude law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples from this place at the table? Why is it, for example, that Straight couples are encouraged to date, get engaged, marry and build lives together in the context of monogamy and commitment, and that this is a GOOD thing … yet for Gay couples to do exactly the same is somehow a BAD thing? To me this seems like a very poor value judgment. Couples do not need to marry to have children, nor is the ability or even desire to have children a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license. There are also countless Gay individuals and couples who are raising adopting children into healthy, well-adjusted adulthood. As Judge Vaughn Walker said in the decision on California's Prop. 8 Case: "Permitting same-sex couples to marry will not affect the number of opposite-sex couples who marry, divorce, cohabit, have children outside of marriage or otherwise affect the stability of opposite-sex marriages." It was a view shared by the courts in the Golinski case against DOMA, where a Bush appointee in the Northern District of California concurred: "The exclusion of same-sex couples from the federal definition of marriage does nothing to encourage or strengthen opposite-sex marriages."
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