Letter: Poppycock on DOMA and Prop 8 slams

Regarding Tommy Middleton’s letter wherein he decries the recent Supreme Court’s rejection of DOMA and Prop 8. He rails that these decisions reveal “an activist court” that seeks to “legislate from the bench” and “usurp the rights of a majority of Americans.” Poppycock!

Activist court? Surely, he jests. The current makeup of the Supreme Court has been a bastion of conservatism and maintenance of the status quo. Of course, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. I’m sure Middleton had no problem with the court’s activism when it inserted itself into the 2000 presidential election ensuring G. W. Bush’s election. Did Middleton cry out “activist court” when the court ruled in Citizens United that corporations are people opening the door for millions of dollars from conservative groups to be channeled to the Neo-Con candidate du jour?

We can all have our opinions, but facts are facts and Middleton got some of his wrong. My civil rights as a woman married to a man have not been diminished in any way simply because gay Americans can now marry.

What is a “traditional family”? What are “traditional family values”? When I hear these terms thrown about I think of this idealized family of the 1950s ... which, of course, never existed. It is a meaningless term that is repeated over and over by folks such as Middleton.

What does a traditional American family look like today? More than 50 percent are now divorced where the children live primarily with one parent. All too often, the adults in these families maintain an acrimonious relationship to the detriment of their children. American families too often deal with issues of domestic violence, child abuse and poverty. Surely, these issues present a greater threat to American families than permitting people in love to marry regardless of their gender.

The idea that giving more Americans the right to marry places “greater and greater limitations on the vast majority of moral/religious minded Americans” is not only false, but ludicrous. My civil rights are unaffected by extending those rights to other Americans just as my right to vote was unaffected by ensuring the right to vote to African-Americans.

A May, Gallup poll reflects that 53 percent of Americans favor gay marriage so your “small minority” is simply not true. A Pew Poll in 2012 found that 77 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian. So, try polling folks that are not in your immediate social circle.

I do agree that Middleton has the right to believe in his interpretation of the Bible as dictated by his faith. I only request that he refrain from passing judgment on all of us who might hold a different truth as Christians.

Becky Kirk

lawyer

Abbeville