Marriage announcement had political agenda

April 14, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

In a column titled, "Political Agendas have No Place in News Selection," editor Chris Cobler relates how a Victorian placing his same-sex marriage engagement picture in the paper intended to do just that - make a political statement. According to Mr. Cobler, "He shared his own political motivation for publishing the announcement when I told him I had talked with one reader who canceled his subscription because he didn't want his children exposed to something contrary to his faith."

If political agendas have no place in news selection and belong on the editorial page, then it is indeed a paradox that the editorial board chose to announce an upcoming homosexual marriage, particularly since Texas does not recognize homosexual marriages. It's difficult to believe that they had no inkling of any political statement that the man paying for the announcement intended to make. Publishing an announcement of a homosexual marriage in a state that does not recognize that union not only pushes a political agenda, but a social one as well.

I believe that homosexuals should be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity. They have the right to live the way they choose. However, I disagree that they have the right to change the definition of marriage, which our culture has recognized as between one man and one woman. Marriage has been protected by society for the betterment of spouses AND for the raising and educating of children. However, homosexual unions do not naturally conceive children. Any children brought into that union still have the inherent right to have a relationship with their natural mother and father and to be raised with male and female role models. Codifying homosexual marriages legally takes away some children's natural rights to have those relationships and to identify with members of both sexes.

To be consistent with the column's headline, "Political Agendas have No Place in the News Selection," perhaps the editorial board will place any future homosexual engagement pictures on the editorial page to more forthrightly display that a political statement is being made in a state where homosexual marriages are not recognized.

Mary Ann Wenske, Moulton



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