To the Editor,
First of all, this letter was written entirely Thesaurus free.
The ruling in the DOMA case was correct. Freedom is now more free. Equality is now more equal. And America is closer to fulfilling its promise.
Those who are appalled by the ruling feel that their beliefs are under assault by a secular government. The decision is not saying you cannot practice a religion. It is saying the government should be equal when applying its laws. Government should be secular. It is not a institution of religion but rather a tool of its people. All people who are legal citizens and abide by the laws we as the mutual owners of the government determine are in our best interests. You want religion, go to your church. And I will go to mine. You want good government, see you at the polls.
The issue that was in question is the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) restricting the benefits of government to one because of their relationship with another. Yes it was. But why should the government be in the relationship business anyway?
I certainly don’t want anyone determining what type of relationship I have, especially the government, on any level. I don’t want to know what happens in the privacy of my neighbors’ relationships anymore than what is happening in one anywhere in the country for that matter. Rather than concentrating on others relationships, I should be focusing on my own. And that relationship is not the business of anyone but whom I choose to be with and myself exclusively. Not the government. Not some religion, unless we both choose to adhere to what marriage guidelines that religions offers us. The argument of not receiving the full benefits of a lawful, responsible participation in society only based on one’s relationship being judged as less valid than that of any other by a religion is void of any recognizable legal merit and accepted social logic. And now proven unconstitutional. About time.
The government should not be in the religion business either. Some say that marriage outside the “traditional” one of a man and woman is an affront to their God and religion. No one is trying to take that away from anyone. And a requirement of them being good religious people is to foster the word of their God. So be it. Let us live by our beliefs. But not everyone even interprets a shared religion the same, no less lives by same religion. We should not use the government to favor any religion or dissuade anyone from worshiping as they see fit. Or not if they so choose. We should not use any religion to withhold constitutionally guaranteed, inalienable rights from any segment of citizens. The ruling on DOMA does not determine how our religions should work. Only our government.
If you can’t accept the ruling, vote as you choose. If you can’t accept what the ruling was about, go to church and believe as you choose. You still have those freedoms. But so do others that accept both. Now more than ever.