My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The cartoon that accompanied the column couldn’t have been more perfect: marriage equality is coming, whether the Supremes like it or not. Maureen Dowd’s column, printed in today’s paper in the same middle space of the page, calls out the court for its reluctance to render an opinion on this tsunami of public opinion.
As is often the case, I received several emails from those who are opposed to marriage equality, as well as from those who support it. (Negative emails always outweigh positive ones. It seems it is the nature of people, regardless of the circumstances, to complain but rarely commend. No wonder manufacturers ignore comments. But that’s fodder for another day.)
On to the emails! (And no, I did not correct them for errors.)
Government ought not encourage sterile life styles that interrupt the healthy cycle of society. Gays, and all adults deliberately remaining sterile, are damaging the health of the nation. They will be receiving and consuming the labor of others without producing a fair share of workers indispensable to our economy. As a result,
the government feels obliged to import aliens to replace the missing babies, babies missing as a result of abortion, homosexuality, and excessive birth control.
I’m guessing this is the old “gays can’t procreate” argument, but at least he had the sense to include those childless straight couples. Guess they shouldn’t be able to get married, either.
The DOD budget as well as costs by each state funding will have to be expanded by hundred of millions (maybe billions) of dollars to support new dependents of citizens of active duty and possibly retired military couples as well as immigrants who seek and find US citizens to marry people of the same sex so they can become legals overnight.
Therefore, in my view, the impact of a favorable decision for gay marriage by the Supreme Court would be catastrophic to our nation.
Will there be financial repercussions if marriage is allowed? Absolutely. No longer will the government reap the benefit of not having to pay spousal Social Security benefits, for example, and they will just get to keep the money. No longer will the government get to collect estate taxes from same-sex spouses, which is the heart of the DOMA case before the court. In other words, gays have been contributing more than a fair share to the finances of the government, with the benefits going elsewhere.
This reminds me of the question that I raised when interviewing Ken Cuccinelli about the eminent domain constitutional amendment, which, for the first time, would include future profits are a part of the compensation to land owners. The question was about how much more we Virginians would have to pay as the result of this inclusion. His response was that somebody is already paying that, namely the land owners. Virginians overwhelmingly approved the amendment. The money for that will come from all of us.
The gays are an abomination to this country.they do not have the right to marry woman to woman to woman nor man to man. In my Military time we did not accept their life style and we got rid of them when caught doing something they were not supposed to do. I will not go into that. They certainly do not rate the same as a married couple meaning man and woman. To begin with they cannot conceive. Elton John just had a child by getting a woman to conceive for him. Now I say there will be another child being raised to His life style. Recently a Senator who was against same sex marriage found out His son was gay and He has feelings for His son, and now it’s okay for same sex marriage; to where gays are to be able to marry male another, male, and women to be able to marry another woman. A Navy Captain was coming from D.C. to sign a paper stating that this couple were married but He found out the navy will not go along with it. He must be a little on the Gay side or BiSexual. I could never go along with a child of mine being gay. I would love my child but the life style would have to go. In other words find another place to live or change your life style.
So many misconceptions here. But let me address one thing: there are reasons why suicide among gay teens is so high – and this attitude is one of them.
So a majority of Americans favor gay marriage? Where did you get this false information. The highest poll numbers I have seen are 49% and this poll wa heavily to left wing balance. If your assertion is true then why have 39 states VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY to PROHIBIT this? Just because you whacko libs want it to be so does
not make it that way! May God forgive you and the others for your sins against nature! I only hope that we do not go the way of the Roman Empire after it followed the same path of falling morality we are rushing headlong toward! In closing, I implore you to stop your spin and LIES!
Lies? How about the Washington Post/ABC poll, which has support at 58%, or the CNN/ORC poll, which has support at 53%, or the CBS News poll, which also has it at 53%? Heck, even the Fox News poll, which shows 49% in favor, also shows 53% believe gays have a constitutional right to marriage!
Finally, there was this one from this morning:
I think your column in Va. Pilot above is great! Appropriate for the times and carefully thought out.
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