This letter – submitted on 2/13/12 in response to Joe Tarica’s Article of 2/12/12 in the Tribune has so far (2/19) not been published. My little editing team and I worked for hours to get it where we all felt good about it and it was not over 200 words. Joe’s article on the front page of the Sunday Local section was a classic bullying kind of article trying to convince traditional marriage folk that our cause is doomed and our motives are hate and fear based.
The battle some of us have been fighting for decades is a difficult battle, but certainly not a “losing one”. The fact that 63 million people in all 31 states that have voted on this issue have sided with traditional marriage doesn’t exactly spell defeat does it?
One of the many reasons why some of us in this nation have been defending traditional marriage is because of what the preponderance of social science reveals regarding the impact a female mother and a male father have on their children. Growing up in a home where both the mother and father are intact and working together results in a child’s best chance to live a healthy and prosperous and productive life. Therefore educators and pastors and therapists need to be able to pursue and encourage this model without being labeled “homophobic” or “fear mongering.”
Finally comparing one’s chosen behavior to another’s immutable characteristics such as being born as an African American is getting wearisome. People continue to leave or depart from their homosexual lifestyle. No African American that I am aware of has been able to depart from the ethnicity they were born in.