GayPatriot reader Jeff Fenner sent me this “letter to the editor” for publication. I have reprinted in its entirety.
All I can say is…. AMEN, brother!
Call me crazy, but I don’t see anywhere in the United States Constitution that gives anyone the right to marry, least of all, heterosexuals. What I do see is that each man was created equal and is to be treated equal and be allowed the pursuit of happiness.
Why don’t gay marriage advocates chase the simple idea that only married heterosexuals get tax breaks, next of kin benefits, and partner benefits? It’s wholly unconstitutional that only hetero’s get these benefits. No where in the Constitution is it written ‘only heterosexuals’.
There isn’t even a definition of marriage IN the Constitution, at least, not yet. I truly believe that gay marriage advocates would get FAR more traction, politically, attacking the tax breaks and other benefits that ONLY heterosexually married couples get. Why should they pay fewer taxes than single people? Why not pull in the single voting public. Surely the voice would be louder and tougher to ignore?
This is a prime example of Religion getting too close to government and getting a government sanction for their dogma. Most religions recognize marriages between a man and a woman. This is an example of religion reaching too far into our government. Why don’t we look at that, and even the reasons for the tax breaks given?
It is my belief that these tax breaks were born out of the idea that the federal government needed and continues a need to encourage marriage between a man and a woman so that it can ‘grow’ a future tax base. A married couple can use the ‘tax break’ to grow their family with more affordability. If this same tax break is given to a straight single person, or couple that aren’t living together romantically where’s the incentive to ‘grow a family’…a family of individuals that would eventually be taxpayers.
In short, it’s far more unconstitutional to give a tax break to married couples than to bar gay people from being married. Single people should join the fight and demand the same tax breaks given to married people, or that the IRS disallow a tax break for heterosexually married people. Imagine the increase in the tax base if this benefit was removed!
As you might imagine, I don’t believe it’s the government’s place to determine what marriage is. I don’t believe it’s my government’s place to give one group of benefits that it freely and loosely gives another group of people.