-- PHILIP MCGUINNESS, Kennewick
There is one reason that I am against gay or lesbian "marriage," and that is children. Children need to learn by example and teaching that a child is raised and taught and supported (emotionally, physically and spiritually) by a mother and a father. As many people seem to be unaware, there is a big difference between being a sperm donor and a dad, and between an egg donor and a mom. Unfortunately there are many situations where children are required to be raised by a single parent. That should not be the case for convenience or disregard for the other sex.
I respect the rights of gays or lesbians to live their lifestyle as they choose, including civil unions. Please respect my right to believe and say that it is normal and natural for a "family" to consist of a dad, a mom and children (pets optional). Bless the family in which the children are raised and taught and loved by both a mom and a dad. I believe that this is the way God planned and made the world. Cursed be the people or our state if they teach children that the other sex is not important and that moms (or dads) are not needed.
Thank God I still live in a country where I can express my opinion while still respecting others.