Re "Now, about gay marriage," editorial, Jan. 21
While appreciating The Times' well-articulated awareness that gay marriage is a basic civil rights issue, please note the erroneous term you used: "sexual preference."
This implies there is choice involved. For this gay man, it has never been a matter of which gender I prefer, but rather which gender I was born to be oriented toward.
The Times bases its argument for legalizing gay weddings on the specious premise that marriage is a civil right.
Name one civil right that requires permission and consent from another person, a license from the state and a presiding official. You can't, because marriage is not a right but a privilege that can be revoked by either partner at any time.