Marriage? – Letter to the Editor
*Letter to the Editor*
Amazing that people of the same sex lived together through generations but never claimed they were `married.’ Now it is of supreme importance to claim that status. Marriage as a religious sacrament retains a special place in our culture for many people, and law has developed to protect and treat fairly a woman (and now a man) in traditional man-woman legal union. The tension has arisen over taxes on inheritance, government law on survivor benefits and other legal structures which are tailored to the male-female union historically termed marriage. Unions of two females or two males do not get the same recognition under existing law.
Fair treatment for a couple whose lives are combined could come through law, rather than re-defining centuries of man-woman marriage to include commitmnents by two men or by two women. Joint ownership of property is simple to establish (inheritance taxes avoided). The social security benefit to the survivor is more difficult, but legislation to enable fair treatment is possible.
The gay and lesbian arrogant indifference to millions who revere the traditional definition of marriage indicates no love for them, while their pressure groups demand consideration for their sensitive feelings as well as for their financial welfare.