Same-sex marriage denies children fundamental right

Re: "Support for same-sex marriage crosses party lines," March 17

There are too many fallacies in Michael Barone's same-sex marriage column to address in a letter to the editor. But I would like to hit a couple points.

The statement that in 2004 the Massachusetts Supreme Court "discovered that the state's 1780 Constitution required recognition of same-sex marriages" is utterly ridiculous. No serious person actually believes that Samuel Adams and John Adams had homosexual marriage in mind as they wrote the Massachusetts Constitution. The 2004 decision was legislating from the bench at its finest.

I do agree with Barone's point that homosexual marriage is a bipartisan issue. This is neatly summed up in the ignored story of 11-year-old Grace Evans, who testified before the Minnesota House of Representatives on the importance of every child having a mom and a dad -- a right homosexual marriage inherently and deliberately denies children.

"Which parent do I not need? My mom or my dad?" Grace asked a panel of lawmakers. They were silent. She repeated the question and again got no response, because there is no response. Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and support for that right definitely crosses party lines.

Tommy Valentine


Leprechauns aside, St. Patrick's is a Christian holiday

On Friday March 15, many public schools -- including Country Side Elementary School in Loudoun County -- celebrated St. Patrick's Day with students and staff dressing in green and leprechaun outfits.

In Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a type of fairy, usually taking the form of an old man clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Leprechauns have as much in common with Saint Patrick as Santa has with the birth of Christ or Christmas.

St. Patrick was a bishop, and St. Patrick's Day is a Christian holiday. Although we Christians enjoy sharing the day with others, don't you find it interesting that the under-educated people who run and teach in our public schools, the alleged bulwark of the so-called separation of church and state, pick and choose the holidays they allow in their supposedly secular [read anti-Christian] schools?

They should be brought to task for their blatant refusal to acknowledge that America is a Christian nation with a rightfully secular government.

Boris Nazaroff


Gun control more about control than guns

Re: "Liberals use gun control to claim cultural superiority," March 14

Timothy P. Carney's column brings an objective and much needed view of the gun control debate. In the big picture, the issue is more about control than about guns.

Carney points out that gun rights advocates and gun control advocates generally represent two cultures having different values, morals and esthetics.

Each is represented by symbols.

To gun rights people, a firearm represents a worldview of individual rights and responsibilities, while the liberal media depicts the firearm as a symbol for crime.

Most gun control advocates realize that passing the gun control bills now being debated in Congress would do little to reduce the criminal use of firearms. Many also acknowledge that the principal effect would be little more than to make them feel good.

Unfortunately for the Second Amendment, that result alone is enough to get their support.

Robert N. Sears

Falls Church