-- MIKE GAULKE, Kennewick
Should marriage be redefined? If so, how should it be redefined? Proponents of Referendum 74 and the Tri-City Herald suggest we should redefine marriage to mean any two people who love each other. The challenge with the referendum is that it not only redefines marriage as any two people who love each other and want to use the term marriage to define that love, but also for every man and woman currently married. For children, it redefines what is means to live in a household of a married mother and father. Common household terms like mother, father, husband, wife would be eliminated or become terms of bigotry and intolerance.
No matter how much human beings write laws in an attempt to redefine nature, nature has determined that same-sex couples even if "married" under the law, will never be equal to a marriage between one man and one woman. This is because two people in a same-sex union cannot between themselves procreate life as can the union of one man and one woman. I believe society should recognize the union of man and woman in marriage as unique, rejecting the redefinition of marriage as stated in Referendum 74.