I wanted respond to Ms. Aundrea Ruhl's comment in The Daily Item's online forum (Oct. 13). I now quote verbatim her answer to the query of whether same-sex unions should be legalized in Pennsylvania:
"I feel its morally wrong and our founding fathers recognized marriage between one man and one woman."
Shame on you. Even after graciously ignoring your glaring grammatical error your comment is misrepresentative and blindly derogatory in toto.
Let us begin with your first two words: "I feel." Yes, this is the opinion section, but the issue at hand involves the rights of millions, and is therefore of supreme consequence. Should our legislators and judges here in Pennsylvania really be dictating policy based on what you "feel?" Are you God? Are you a licensed medical professional, perhaps, pronouncing so assuredly that homosexuality is somehow inexorably linked with morality? Again, I doubt it.
I would absolutely love to hear why you "feel," therefore, that your moral compass is so upright and without blemish that the U.S. should continue to maintain a separate class of American citizens with inferior rights?
On that note, let us move on to the founding fathers, many of whom believed (just as you do), some did not deserve the same rights as others. Since you are so knowledgeable in American history, as you imply in your callous statement, you may recall that until Aug. 18 1920 (with the passage of the 19th Amendment), women were not constitutionally allowed to vote. Further, until April 8, 1864, with the ratification of the 14th Amendment, slavery and involuntary servitude were also quite legal and were practiced. I doubt that you have done any research whatsoever into how the founding fathers really felt about marriage, sexuality, or morality, but I cite these examples as proof that our country did not begin as a pristine, legal space, and many have endured discrimination and even death to make the U.S. a more equal land.
Matthew Shephard might tell you that, ma'am, were he still alive today. He cannot, however, for the 21-year-old was tortured and killed near Laramie, Wy. in 1998, only because he was gay. His killers, as well as the despicable members of the Westboro Baptist Church who protested his funeral, also believed that homosexuals did not deserve the same rights as other American citizens.
Next time you wish to want to lecture us on what is "morally wrong" or in keeping with some founding principle, remember Matthew. If you do not approve of same-sex marriage, do not marry a woman. It's as simple as that.