Letters to the Editor — Jan. 12

Marriage is equal right, not privilege for a few

It’s been 17 years since I left Portales. I follow local events out of respect and affection.

I note with pride few negative reactions to the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality. I knew New Mexicans are supportive, fair minded people. The population is a diverse group, whose greatest strengths come from accepting differences while recognizing that no one has the right to judge.

That is not to say that New Mexicans don’t treasure their right to dissent.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I note with respect, if not agreement, the women of the county clerk’s office who resigned their positions rather than issuing marriage licenses to unions their religious convictions told them were wrong. That took courage. That is the beauty of their decision. They resigned rather than obstructed a lawful process. That was honorable.

I note with chagrin the letter that privileges religious belief over a legal process administered by the state. If the dominant belief of the land were that Christians might not marry, I am sure they would seek relief. I would support them equally.

We commonly state that the “majority rules.” While often the case, the majority may not deprive anyone of a civil right afforded any other citizen. If that were so, Jim Crow laws would still be rampant in the American South; there would still be an “Irish Problem;” and we may well find ourselves with Auschwitz styled ovens as a racial or ethnic majority exercised their own special form of the “tyranny of the majority.”

Our Constitution guarantees an individual’s rights in the face of a tyrannical majority. Marriage is a natural right.

I offer my regards to Wendel Sloan for his informative and entertaining commentary — “Born this way — on right side of history” — in last Sunday’s paper.

 

Michael D. Coon

Greenwood, S.C.

 

My talents support places where I’m supported

Regarding Wendel Sloan’s column last Sunday:

As a gay boy in Roswell, I dreamed only of escaping to some place where I needn’t be afraid every moment of being beaten up or killed for loving boys instead of girls.

I left as soon as I could, and New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Paris, Vienna, Capetown, Caracas, and half the world got an international playwright.

If I could have stayed and courted and married, Roswell might have gotten a pretty good English teacher.

 

Robert Patrick

Los Angeles