Perspective on gay marriage
I greatly enjoy Jeff Ackerman’s editorials and agree with his March 31 article regarding the need for commitment in marriages. I do not agree that any orientation of marriage should be accepted.
Having won tolerance, homosexuals have set their sights higher: they want social affirmation and status on their relations. Some gay activists believe gay marriage to be the ultimate celebration of individualism. It is hard to top this enthusiastic embrace of autonomy as it is the antithesis of what the an intact marriage delivers.
Many Americans want to be fair and are willing to grant any status to any group, just so they can be perceived as being righteous and fair. In order to be fair, making a status broad does not, however, strengthen the status; it may actually weaken it. By extending veterans’ benefits to non-veterans, we would weaken the status of those who have earned the benefits. Indeed, there can be no benefits to one particular group if those same benefits are made available to everyone.