In response to a commentary by M.D. Harmon on Oct 20, “Same-sex marriage would weaken essential nature of the institution.”

Things that weaken the institution of marriage include: Domestic violence, cheating spouses, alcoholism, poverty, casino gambling — for a partial list.

Same-sex marriage is less a threat to the “institution” than any of the above marital problem areas.

If anything, same-sex marriage broadens the definition of marriage, and makes it available to couples formerly barred from enjoying the joy and security that a good marriage can provide.

It is yet another example of where human rights can, and should, trump legal rights.

 

David Shippee

St. Augustine Beach, Fla.

Formerly of Gardiner

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