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Let the arguments regarding "gay mar-
riage" be considered in the context of
our nation's civil rights leader, the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. ("The Case For
Gay Marriage," Feb. 13, page 26). His
memorable prayer at the foot of the
Lincoln Memorial represents his under-
standing, based upon centuries of
Judeo-Christian philosophy, that all
"men" are created equal.
To paraphrase Dr. King's words at
the foot of the Lincoln Memorial ...
that all of God's children will live in
peace and harmony. His words inten-
tionally do not exclude any class of citi-
zenship. We enjoy the blessings of this
nation because the Constitution was
written to limit the government's
power to control the destiny of its citi-
We have grown as a nation because
we have ensured that no human being
can own another human being, that
women have the right to vote, that the
or of one's skin does not determine
(Y4e's rights of citizenship, that school
• regation is unlawful, and that we

The special commentary by David
Benkof opposing same-sex marriage
misses the point ("Unholy
Matrimony," Feb. 13, page 26).

dtAlect taxes to support our government

page 26), this is a matter of civil
rights. And how any Jewish person
can advocate for the denial of civil
rights to another minority is beyond
Gay men and women should have
every right and opportunity that
straight people have when deciding

Catholicism would have been swept
from our shores. The social issue of
how to regard homosexuality in this
country has been brewing for the past
100 years.
With regard to the order of designat-
ing what is holy for the purpose of
faith, how can humankind know God's

purposes? Have any of us thought that
God should not have created lions,
humans and fish. Are we not all part of
the Divine plan?
A classic appreciation for God's law is
the reference to Leviticus and remind-
ing us that it is an abomination to eat
shellfish or to lie down with another
man. However, the Torah also describes
God's obvious appreciation for the lov-
ing bond between David and Jonathan,
without any feigned nuance with
regard to the nature of their affection

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In Support Of
Gay Marriage

for one another.
Our generation will meet the chal-
lenge of defining what is good and
what is destructive for our nation. We
have learned from our mistakes. We
will continue to ensure that the minor-
ity is protected from the majority. That
is our way.
Harold Kaller

7100 Orchard Lake Road, W. Bloomfield


Gays Are Part
Of Divine Plan

Is "holiness" based upon a majority's
beliefs? If so, then Judaism and



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Here in America, holiness and kid-

dushin have nothing to do with the
equation of same-sex marriage.
There is a separation of church and
You cannot be married in any
state without a government-issued
marriage license. When two people
want to dissolve their marriage, i.e.,
break their contract, they hire attor-
neys and go before a judge. There's
no need to step into a church or
synagogue if one chooses not to.
The state does not interfere in
religions' qualification for marriage.
If gay marriage becomes legal, no
Orthodox rabbi will be forced to
perform a same-sex ceremony, just as
no Catholic priest could have been
forced to marry my wife and me.
As Temple Israel Rabbi Joshua
Bennett so eloquently put it ("The
Case For Gay Marriage," Feb. 13,

to spend their lives together. This
includes employer-provided medical
benefits for spouses, both parties
being recognized as parents and

Social Security survivor benefits,
among others. And to provide bene-
fits, but call it something other than
legal marriage, is still a denial of
civil rights.
Finally, marriage equality for
same-sex couples will build on

America's tradition of moving civil
rights forward and erasing the
inequities of the past. It's time we
celebrated all those with a commit-
ment to strengthening the family
through marriage.
I sign this as a happily married

hetero who believes in the sanctity
of marriage, and who feels that our
community is made stronger when
anyone who seeks marriage is able to
do so under the laws of our country.

David Moss

Huntington Woods

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