-- MICHAEL SCRIMSHER, Burbank Heights
It's amazing to remember that just a mere 2-3 decades ago, homosexual/lesbian behaviors were in the closet as they had been for a long time. Now such relationships are trumpeted by the press and politicians alike as normal, mainstream even healthy albeit "alternative" relationships.
Governments, schools, social organizations, even politicians and business interests would be wise to champion only the cause of traditional male-female marriage relationships as it is the only kind of intimate human relationship that can produce a tangible product we call a child, to keep civilization moving, pay the taxes, work, produce, recreate, earn and all the like. Natural law -- not governments, not politicians, not even churches -- is what defines marriage, whether you choose to believe in the Biblical account in Genesis or not.
Despite Rep. Maureen Walsh's and the "yes on R-74" lobby rhetoric about "loving relationships," marriage has always been about much more than just "loving relationships." Governments and societies from the beginning of time have granted institutional status, tax and other benefits only to traditional male-female marriages because only this relationship can freely perpetuate the human family. Given that flawed logic, if "loving relationships" is all marriage is about, soon we will have folks wanting to marry their own children, parents, animals or even more bizarre, non living objects, all under the mantra of "loving relationships." It's even more illogical to look at the myriad of government programs out there funded by our precious tax dollars to make up for the absence of a father or mother, and now the state wants to establish and even officially endorse and encourage a system to raise children where there is not both a father and a mother.
We don't have enough recent history to know how well this "complete redefinition" of marriage will work. The gay lifestyle of the Romans and Greeks in AD 200-450 was a factor in the downfall and collapse of those great educated and advanced civilizations. The entire cites of Sodom and Gomorrah didn't fare so well either.
A tried and true method of evaluating the long-term consequences of moral and social behavior far from historical and established norms is this: What would the net result be like if everyone did it? In the case of same-sex marriage, the result is beyond our ability to fully comprehend.
As learned in California in the aftermath of Prop 8, the same-sex marriage crowd talks a lot about acceptance, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, until they don't get their way. My "no on R-74" yard sign disappeared early on, as did others. There are already reports from western Washington of verbal and racial attacks to those campaigning for "No on R-74." Regardless of religious, political, social or other leanings, citizens of the USA have a constitutional right of expression to believe, say and teach that the practice of gay/lesbian marriage is wrong, totally unsupported in 4,000 years of Biblical history, unsustainable over the long-term existence of the human family, and invites a host of other negative issues on civilization as we know it. Even the animal kingdom knows better; it's too bad that the human species can't figure it out. Traditional marriage = biology, not bigotry.