Letters for week of Feb. 1

Feb 01, 2012

State’s marriage law not based on faith

Dear Editor,

Legislation has been introduced in Washington state to change the current law defining marriage [“Local Reps back gay marriage legislation,” The Beacon, front page, Jan. 25]. The present law states: “marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female…”

This same law prohibits marriage to close-blood relations, a clear indication that the definition of marriage is related to bringing children into the world and the continuation of the human race.

The legislation to redefine marriage, therefore, is not in the public interest.

Marriage is certainly about public recognition of a relationship between a man and a woman, which carries certain rights and responsibilities for the two adults. But, it is much more.

Marriage in faith and societal traditions is acknowledged as the foundation of civilization. It has long been recognized that the stability of society depends on the stability of family life in which a man and a woman conceive and nurture new life.

In this way, civil recognition of marriage has sought to bestow on countless generations of children the incomparable benefit of a loving mother and father committed to one another in a lifelong union.

Additionally, by defining marriage both in terms of the relationship between a man and a woman and its important role of guaranteeing the succession of generations, the state is recognizing the irreplaceable contribution that married couples make to society.

Married couples who bring children into the world make particular sacrifices and take on unique risks and obligations for the good of society.

For this reason the state has long understood that it has a compelling interest in recognizing and supporting these mothers and fathers through a distinct category of laws.

Were the definition of marriage to change, there would be no special laws to support and recognize the irreplaceable contribution that these married couples make to society and the common good by bringing to life the next generation.

Upholding the present definition of marriage does not depend on anyone’s religious beliefs. Washington state’s present law defining marriage as, “a civil contract between a male and a female,” is grounded not in faith, but in reason and the experience of society.

It recognizes the value of marriage as a bond of personal relationships, but also in terms of the unique and irreplaceable potential of a man and woman to conceive and nurture new life, thus contributing to the continuation of the human race.

A change in legislation would mean that the state would no longer recognize the unique sacrifices and contributions made by these couples, thereby adding to the forces already undermining family life today.

Very truly yours,

Terrill and Patricia Cox,

Kudos to firefighters for storm help

Dear Editor,

Kudos and many thanks to Capt. Dan Harbeck and his crew of the Mukilteo Fire Department for helping prevent damage during our high tide/high wind event Thursday morning, Jan. 26. Your help was very much appreciated by the owners and residents at the Losvar Condominium.

Mary Vanderway,
Board Chair
Losvar Condominium Association

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