Wendell Brane’s Sept. 2 letter (“Redefining marriage poses grave threats”) raised a number of questions regarding changes to the definition of marriage. Although same-sex marriage is different from interracial marriage, the questions raised in the letter to the editor are the same kinds of questions that came up in the 1950s and 1960s.
Whether the issue is miscegenation or equal rights for gays and lesbians, the answers are still the same.
The letter ends with the kind of statement that was often made by those opposing interracial marriages. “The efforts to expand the understanding of marriage, however innocent the intentions may be, will eventually render both the institution and the concept utterly meaningless.” That kind of statement was wrong in the 1960s, and it’s just as wrong today. The way to make marriage meaningless would be to fail to improve it.
At times in the past, marriage has been forced on unwilling participants, it’s been used to keep women subservient, and it’s been denied to people of different races. Thank goodness those mistakes of the past have been rectified. Many of us who honor and appreciate marriage look forward to another advancement.
JOE FRANCIS Fort Wayne