Your daily Letters to the Editor — Dec. 10, 2013
Note from Dan: Here are two interesting and topical letters from today’s paper. IEven the latter, which is critical of the newspaper’s decision to publish the announcement in question, seems to recognize a right to create a civil union or domestic partnership by contract. That’s contrary to the state constitutional amendment approved by 57 percent of Virginia voters in 2006.
I want to thank the personnel who work on the Sunday Celebrations section in The Roanoke Times for posting the marriage of a gay couple: Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Meisel (Armstrong-Meisel now). You have been brave and wise, and your newspaper is on the correct side of history.
It’s just too bad that they wouldn’t be “legally” married in Virginia and have chosen to live where they are, in New York.
I will never stop receiving The Roanoke Times now because of your future-thinking in Celebrations and always excellent editorials.
I wear these buttons always: “I Support Same Sex Marriage” and “Marriage Equality Now!” — and will wear them until Virginia evolves socially and honors gay couples as it honors straight couples in marriage.
Thank you again for (hopefully) leading Virginia into a better world.
As it’s been said, you don’t have to be gay to be for gay rights. You only have to be human.
Astute readers will notice the “marriage” announcement of two men in Sunday’s (Dec. 1) Extra Section. While declared legal in New York, this union is not legal in Virginia (nor in the majority of other U.S. states).
The Roanoke Times, along with other left-leaning lobbies, persists in seeking to foist upon society its mistaken and ill-conceived agenda to redefine marriage, both the word and the institution.
To set the record straight, marriage is one man and one woman. Marriage is the long-standing institution of civil society that fosters the upbringing of children by both parents in a committed, monogamous relationship, and also recognizes and protects spousal rights and property.
Other types of relationships, such as civil unions or domestic partnerships, can legally accomplish similar goals. However, marriage refers to one man and one woman and, as such, cannot be redefined.