Apparently, I spoke too soon. Today's Post-Gazette includes a letter to the editor from Nancy Staible of Zelienople, Pennsylvania Director of Concerned Women for America. Ms. Staible rambles on about children needing two parents and the fact that married couples are wealthier and less prone to injury. After reading her letter 4 or 5 times, I still don't understand why a constitutional amendment will strengthen marriage. If the goal is wealth and children, perhaps the women should be more concerned about creating jobs, improving healthcare, reforming taxes and maybe a bit of attention for daycare and education services.
On the bright side, Jason Feldstein of Squirrel Hill distinguishes civil from sacramental marriage. “If we value freedom of assembly and freedom of religion, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, then the answer is clear; if you have a problem with same-sex marriages, join a church that refuses to perform them. Even stand in the street and preach about the evils of homosexuality, if you like — that's your constitutional right. But keep your paws off other people's civil liberties.”
Kudos to Mr. Feldstein for actually making a rational argument.