Letter 05/28/14

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    On May 13, 2014, I, along with hundreds of others, traveled to Richmond to stand in support of traditional marriage.  Why does someone close to sixty years of age take a day off from work and travel over two and a half hours on a beautiful spring day? If not me, then who? 
    I was called upon to help encourage others to travel to Richmond, and that I did.  It has been reported that the traditional marriage turnout was five times bigger than the same sex marriage turnout.
     I am grateful for the police officers who worked the event to keep us safe, and safe we were.  I watched my very own pastor tear up in sadness over those who have bought the lie “marry who you love.” Great sound bite!  Marry your same sex partner… marry your same sex partner plus one.  That makes a “trouple”.  Marry your daughter; marry your sister; marry your dog, horse or any combination one can imagine. 
    One of our State Delegates made the observation that after one hour of arguments, three judges will determine the outcome of the Marriage Amendment that took our legislators three years and hundreds of hours of debate and scrutiny passing both the House and the Senate and finally garnering 1.3 million yes votes.
    I refuse to be silent on this issue.  I do not hate gays, and nor do I treat them differently.  I do, however, disagree with their position on marriage. 
    Over the years, I have heard the question how will homosexual marriage affect my heterosexual marriage.  All you have to do is pay attention to the news that is occurring more frequently.  I believe we will see more and more legal, economic and social discrimination against those of us who believe in traditional marriage.  
    Just ask the baker, the florist, the photographer, the Robertson family and more recently the CEO of Mozilla, a player in the NFL and the Benham brothers.   No, I am not a homophobic bigot just because I disagree with their view of what marriage truly is.

Janet Robey