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Letters: Parents who care, gay or straight

April 09, 2013
  • Protesters demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on March 27 after the justices heard oral arguments in the Defense of Marriage case.
Protesters demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on March 27 after the… (Carolyn Kaster / Associated…)

Re "Experts defend gay parenting," April 6

With more than 40 years of experience in education as a teacher, school director, principal and headmaster, I find Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's concern that the children of same-sex couples may suffer harm to be, at best, ignorant.

The children I've dealt with who were the product of same-sex relationships were healthy both physically

and emotionally. Their parents were concerned and proactive with regard to their children's development, and there was no discernible difference between their level of dedication and that of their heterosexual counterparts.

There is little doubt that children have a clear advantage when growing up in a nurturing and loving home. Scalia and his colleagues must understand that a positive home atmosphere can be achieved in a gay or straight setting.

Howard Karlitz

Marina del Rey

In expressing concern for the children of same-sex couples, Justices Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito Jr. asserted that there's considerable disagreement among experts.

That these men dismiss "30 or 40 years of studies" by academics is astonishing. What happened to the blind eye of justice? It seems that these men allow their prejudices to affect their decisions.

That these justices have lifetime appointments is appalling enough, but that they use their power against the very people they ought to protect disgusts me.

Jimmy Garner

Palm Springs

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