Opinion: Families come ‘in many forms’

I am writing in response to a letter in the July 16 edition of the AddisonIndependentthat criticizes the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of allowing all to marry. I would ask the author of the letter how it harms or diminishes anyone for two men or two women to be afforded the same rights as all of us to publicly show and celebrate their love, be automatically allowed hospital visits to their partner, to feel secure that nothing can tear them asunder, aside from their own folly. As a group, we heterosexuals certainly have not done a very good job of keeping marriage a sacred institution. It doesn’t seem like we should have the right to “own” it.
On the subject of same-sex couples raising children together, there are so many different families these days, with many who are not biological parents raising children in very happy and loving families. With the popularity of adoption and artificial insemination, one certainly cannot say that all families are made up of two parents and their biological children. There are all kinds of love out there. And it comes in many forms.
This Supreme Court decision is not changing or diminishing the institution of marriage. It is simply welcoming more people into it. How can that be a bad thing?
Lately, one of the things I am attempting to do is keep my heart as open as possible. If we all truly do that toward our fellow humans (and ourselves), the world can only be a better place. During these times of antipathy between so many groups of us, it is refreshing and hopeful to see a majority of SCOTUS members walk in someone else’s shoes.
Deborah Young
New Haven

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