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Mormon thinks gay marriage should be legal

Apr 1, 2013

East Valley Tribune

Letter: Gay marriage proponents’ arguments relatively weak

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 11:14 am

Letter to the Editor

After listening to the arguments before the Supreme Court on Proposition 8, and as someone who leans conservative, usually votes Republican and is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I found the arguments to overturn it compelling. Moreover, I found the arguments on behalf of proponents of Proposition 8 to be relatively weak, focusing almost solely on procreation.

Presuming this was the best both sides have to offer, I have to side with respondent on this one.

It is not to say I support same-sex marriage. I do not. I simply must make my argument from where it comes: my own religious and moral preferences.

I must make the argument in sharing the Gospel with those who want to learn, from the evidence of my own healthy marriage, and from the qualities of life my children have from a traditional home.

But these are not legal arguments. No, it seems rather plain that there is no legal basis to prevent two consenting adults to marry.

As the Justices proffered alternatives (the age/procreation questions), I thought of one not often presented (at least I’ve never heard of it): What if two heterosexuals were legally married and then both decided that they wanted to practice a life of homosexuality and just stay married for the sake of the children? Would their marriage instantly become invalid?

It seems obvious that it would not.

We’ll see how it turns out in June.

Chris Dutkiewicz

Gilbert