Washington Post Response

I always find it disheartening to read the many commentaries that the Post allows Peter Sprigg. (Why Marriage is for a man and a woman, Sunday, November 4).  It’s clear that the Family Research Council actually does no research; it only takes every opportunity to spew a message of hate.  This is the very reason that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated them to be an anti-gay hate group.

Certainly, if they were doing any research they could give other reasons to ban gay marriage besides indicating that marriage exists to encourage “the natural reproduction of the human race and the raising of children by the mother and father who produce them”.  You must be joking!  More and more married couples are choosing not to have kids, and many simply cannot have kids.  Does this make their marriages less meaningful?  Of course it does not!  The fact that they’ve chosen to live their life with the person they love rather than alone is reason enough to get married.  They have made a commitment to each other, which is exactly as God would want.

Sprigg goes on to say that his definition of marriage “no more denies respect, dignity or legitimacy (to a gay individual) than it does to any other person who is single, cohabitating or living with a loved one whom he or she may not marry, (such as a close relative).  It is this very reference to comparing a gay couple to an incestuous relationship that does deny respect, dignity or legitimacy.  It is also why the SPLC refers to the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group.

This Fellow of the FRC has managed to take love out of the equation when it comes to marriage.  To him marriage, much like sex, is only about procreation.  Thank God my marriage has been about so much more.  It’s about spending my life, (yes, even after my kids are grown and on their own), with the love of my life.  Why on earth would I deprive another couple the same joy?

Phil Hicks

Board President

Metro DC PFLAG

(Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

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