Letters To The Editor - Resist effort to blur definitions

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All my life I have believed that marriage is a sacrament, like an oath, an obligation and a promise between a man and a woman that should be honored until death or until it becomes truly impossible to maintain.

Now we have a president who wants to change the definition of marriage so he can get the votes of the gay and lesbian community. He says it is his "personal belief" that same-sex marriage is OK. But then, transparently, in order to get the votes of the so-called "straight" community, he goes on to say the states should decide the issue.

This is his "political out" because if the states vote against calling same-sex unions marriage, he can blame the right wing; it won't be his fault.

Marriage? Webster's still defines marriage as "the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family." If you go further and look up "matrimony," you will find the definition: "the union of a man and woman as husband and wife: Marriage."

I am not ashamed to say I believe the definitions are right. The "transparent" attempts to blur those definitions and get all of us to agree "anything goes" must be resisted solidly.

Bill Owens

Milton-Freewater

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