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Friday, August 15, 2003

Forum article a piece of invective

To the Editor:

For reasons which escape me, the Carlisle Mosquito has again seen fit to print a Forum article attacking gay members of our community (see Sal Borrello's February 26, 1999 column). In his July 18 piece, ["What now my love"] Greg Wayland sounds off against gay marriage, and belittles gay unions. I cannot imagine the Mosquito running an article that begins "some of my best friends are black," yet, apparently, it is unobjectionable to begin, "I've been neighbor and loving friend to a number of same-sex couples." Mr. Wayland's notion of a "loving friend" is itself hard to understand, since he implies that same-sex unions are immoral, and that permitting recognition of gay unions will "devour our commonly held beliefs about marriage and family."

Our town, state and country are all home to numerous families formed by gay unions. These unions are of people who work, pay taxes and contribute to society. Civil recognition of our families is a matter of simple fairness; it will not affect, much less destroy, families formed by heterosexual unions. Rather, civil recognition would ensure that hospitals treat partners as next of kin; permit gay couples to share in pension benefits and pool resources without incurring estate or gift tax liability; and would allow gay families to benefit from the social security system, all as married couples currently do.

While Mr. Wayland's piece of invective does not merit a point-by- point rebuttal, I feel compelled to address his observation that prospective U.S. Supreme Court justices with "natural law" sympathies are "weeded out" and that "religious inclinations are blocked by that ... phony - Constitutional 'wall of separation.'" The division between church and state is far from "phony;" it is fundamental. Not only is any suggestion to the contrary profoundly misguided, I wonder at Mr. Wayland's point. He implies that if religion played a more direct role in the judiciary, then gay unions would remain unrecognized. But many religions, practiced by millions of Americans, already recognize gay unions.

I hope that, in the future, the Mosquito's editors will take greater heed of who comprises our community before running one-sided articles that take aim at, and make feel unwelcome, any members of our community.

Debra S. Krupp
Russell Street

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