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Kudos to Columnist

Omaha World-Herald, July 19, 2003
World Herald Square, Omaha, NE 68102
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Jeff Jacoby in his fine two-part effort summed up well his arguments against same-sex marriage. First, with same-sex marriages, “families will be even less stable than they are today, the divorce rate will be even higher, and”—most important—“children will be even less safe.”

His second point is the truism that there are those who viciously label people who speak out as “reactionary, a bigot and worse.” The worse is the phony label “homophobe.” The homosexual lobby tries to get the mileage of “racist” through this word.

Labeling is an attempt at scaring people into silence. I am sure that Jacoby, like so many, has files filled with nasty, unsigned, threatening letters attacking him personally. Writers in the culture wars face that threat daily. We have even found the press to be intimidated into silence at times.

Jacoby’s final point is telling: “A lot of things in American life badly need fixing. The ageless definition of marriage isn’t one of them.” True. Still, Jacoby, like many others, dances around the reality of homosexuality. It is not natural, and no one should be afraid to point that out.

The wrongness in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas is that it ignores the profound social consequences for the whole of society in finding homosexuality-sodomy to be a private matter.

—Allen O’Donnell, Wayne, Neb.

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