Letter: Gay marriage

June 8, 2014 

I used to think that marriage was only a meaningful title given by pastors and priests to benefit the couple, their family and friends. I found it silly for gay people to try and seek a stamp of approval from institutions they found to be so intolerant.

The Equal Rights Campaign website identifies over 1,100 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in federal law. It is clear that marriage is much more than just a religious status. The ruling that Gov. Butch Otter has delayed does nothing to taint the sanctity of married people's wedding vows. Put simply: My happiness, whether I am gay or not, does not diminish your happiness.

What's worse, Otter is willing to waste tax dollars on appeals to fight for this bigotry. By the way, how did this dogmatic concern over other people's lives come from a collection of people who praise individualism and small government? It is unnecessary, mean-spirited, expensive and irrational. It places Idaho on the wrong side of the "arc of our moral universe."

David McFarland-Smith, Boise

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