Re "Tide may be turning for gay marriage," March 2
Regarding the claims that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional because it discriminates against gays and lesbians, suppose the White House gave every American a turkey. No rational person would say this discriminates against vegetarians. Just so, Proposition 8 cannot be said to discriminate against gays just because they seek to marry a person of their gender.
Furthermore, what would be the precise constitutional basis for concluding that although the Constitution dictates that gender must be taken out of the marriage equation, the same Constitution does not dictate that the number of partners must also be taken out?
Philip A. Rafferty
It is quite amazing how a state that is home to some of the most gay-friendly cities in the country is debating whether its ban on gay marriage is constitutional. We should just put the issue to rest and let everyone have an equal chance at deciding how to live their lives.
Besides, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights.
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