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Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2008 10:14 pm | Updated: 11:29 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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MARRIAGE

McCain stands with constitutional amendment

The Tribune editorial “ 'Defense of marriage’ measure just more of same” (Our View, July 5) rankles about the fact that Arizona voters will get to vote again on a marriage amendment.

Arizona voters will decide in November whether to approve a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. just like 26 other state constitutions that contain such wording. Arizona law already prohibits same-sex marriages and this proposal amendment would protect the sanctity of families by preventing judges from overturning the 1996 state law.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., supports the November ballot measure in California that would enshrine laws banning gay marriage in the state constitution, just as he does the amendment in his home state of Arizona.

It’s right of the people of each state to recognize marriage as a unique institution sanctioning the union between a man and a woman and he doesn’t believe judges should be making these decisions.

Sen. Barack Obama, who had said “the marriage issue should be left to the states,” now says he opposes the November ballot measure in California that would ban same-sex nuptials. Same-sex marriage opponents, and the very serious on the right, that are urging the California Supreme Court to let voters consider the November ballot measure probably are not going to vote for Obama. Liberal Democrats and Equality California groups on the left that favor same-sex marriage, and do not want voters to decide, probably are going to vote for Obama.

Supporters of the Arizona measure believe the California Supreme Court ruling, and its May 15 decision, will galvanize voters and remind them just how high the stakes really are.

JACK SALLEY

MESA

No reason to deny same-sex couples

In reference to the July 7 commentary of Tom Wilkinson (“Church stance on gay marriage proper,” Opinion 2), there are those of us who believe in God but don’t believe that Thomas Monson is the “Lord’s Prophet,” or even that the pope has diving powers. We try to follow the Golden Rule and believe in live and let live as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. I can’t see where two gay people getting married would hurt you or your family.

Really, the issue of gay marriage shouldn’t even have to be on a ballot. It is not a political issue. It should be a “given.” Gay couples want to marry for the same reasons as anyone else; they are in love, they want to be able to provide benefits to their spouse, and most importantly, they want to give their loved one the right to make legal decisions for them, if necessary, when they are ill or incapacitated. And by the way, there are those of us who don’t believe that the institution of marriage was formed for the express purpose of physically creating children. Have you ever heard of birth control?

In case you’re wondering, I am a heterosexual, widowed, senior citizen.

MARILYNN J. MILES

MESA

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Founders would be crestfallen

Thank you, Tribune, for publishing the Declaration of Independence in your July 4 edition. It’s a reminder to all of us of how our great nation came to be; and why its founding principles are still so important.

I often wonder how Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or Benjamin Franklin would feel about our country today. After they fought so hard for our independence, and worked so hard to build the new nation, I can’t help but think they might be disappointed in the general apathy of our citizens, the degradation of our educational standards and the greed of so many people which has ultimately led to a very serious economic situation.

We are now a nation of people who are led by the media. It’s easier to sit in front of a television set and be influenced by the distorted views of worthless programming than to take the time to educate ourselves and really understand issues. We don’t form our own opinions, but instead we allow ourselves to be influenced by money-hungry advertisers who want to take our money, or networks that want to control which candidates get elected.

We have become over-indebted at every level: the national debt is at an all-time high, consumer debt is at an all-time high; and our financial system is severely strained as the result of the house-of-cards financing system that has proven to be disastrous.

Lastly, we don’t take responsibility for our actions at every level. We have become a society of individuals who want to blame someone else for everything that happens — and we want someone else to pay the bill.

STEPHANIE DENNY

MESA

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