The lead article in July 27 Kennebec Journal, “Wording of marriage question revised,” needs a response.

The new version, “Do you want to allow the state of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”, muddies the waters — indicating a soft sell on the question.

It’s as if it asked if we would like to allow the state to issue fishing licenses, or maybe hunting licenses, to same-sex couples? Why would anyone be opposed to such an innocuous proposal?

Secretary of State Charlie Summers’ wording, “Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?” was very clear, with an easy up or down vote.

Marriage is the homosexuals’ desire, is it not? It has been on their agenda from the very beginning. Passage of laws accommodating sexual orientation, domestic partnerships and civil unions, all paved the way for this latest assault against traditional marriage. Each time, however, homosexuals and their proponents vigorously protested that this was not a step toward gay marriage. Surprise.

I, for one, take issue with this new wording. It is a subtle smokescreen designed to dissuade the opposition. May the people of Maine not be taken in by this newest subterfuge, and vote “no” to same-sex marriage in November.

Pat Truman

Hallowell

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