Sowell shows ignorance of same-sex marriage


Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 10:40 p.m.
I guess conservatives might have something to offer our public life and debate, but not when they distort facts and logic as thoroughly as does Thomas Sowell in his Jan. 2 rant against the desire of gay and lesbian persons to have the same right to marry as heterosexuals do.
He conveniently ignores the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled marriage to be a fundamental human right, guaranteed by the Constitution (1967), as is the right to procreate (1942). To argue that society has no stake in the outcome of same-sex marriages because children do not result from them manifests an astonishing ignorance of the fact that children are born to same-sex couples regularly.
To assert that the gay marriage issue is really about getting social approval of a lifestyle is simply bigotry. Sexual orientation is not a lifestyle but a biological given. Gays and lesbians want the same rights and opportunities to publicly proclaim and live out their love with their hearts' desire that heterosexuals take for granted.
Sowell concludes with a snide remark about AIDS education in public school, ignoring the fact that such education saves lives. He claims that gay activists actually tell students where the local gay hangouts are.
No doubt he is referring to support groups, like Gainesville's own Pride Center, a place of welcome and safety for young persons hammered by prejudice and homophobia in halls and locker rooms all over this country. Is it a bad thing to protect our sons and daughters who happen to have a same-sex sexual orientation?
How odd is it that Sowell, belonging to a group that was once constitutionally excluded from our common American life, now champions the same sort of treatment for another excluded group, albeit one to which he does not belong?
Alan C. Miller, Gainesville

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