Thank you for your letter, entitled “Why I’m voting yes on Measure 36.”
You ask me to join you in “preserving… marriage between a man and a woman.” But no one has proposed outlawing marriage between men and women. Your marriage is not endangered if two lesbians or two gay men choose to marry; the only thing that’s endangered is your “right” to have your family protected by the law while same-sex families are not.
You say that you’re afraid that “the law will be defined in a courtroom.” That is, indeed, the central issue of Measure 36. If lesbian and gay citizens believe they’re being treated unequally by Oregon laws, do they have a right to ask a court to consider the issue – or should a majority vote to make sure they never get their day in court? Should the state have to prove a rational basis for their laws – or should our Constitution say “rational basis is only required for heterosexuals?”
Denying any citizen – but particularly a much-discriminated against minority – their fair day in court is appalling. It’s against the best ideals of America. And any public official advocating such a thing should be ashamed.
I dearly hope a decent candidate runs against you in the next election, so I can donate to them and volunteer for them, and see you driven out of office.
Twenty years from now, you’ll be ashamed to admit the position you took on same-sex marriage in 2004.