Kevin Taylor’s May 20 letter insinuated that marriage equality supporters are being hypocritically silent about laws against “polyamorous” relationships, such as the plural marriages supported by a small minority in presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s LDS Mormon church. (Editor’s note: The LDS church long has outlawed such marriages).
Marriage equality supporters are silent about polygamy, (and the issue of men marrying dogs, as raised by former presidential candidate and senator, Rick Santorum), because they are only asking for equal treatment under the law as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Marriage equality supporters only want civil marriage laws applied equally to any two citizens of legal age. They are not asking for acceptance or a new “special right” to polygamy or bestiality.
It is hypocritical of intelligent Republicans to defend the U.S. Constitution while opposing marriage equality. This hypocrisy was recognized decades ago by Professor W. Dorr Legg, a religious conservative who started teaching at Oregon State University in the 1930s. (Source: OSU Archives).
In response, Legg founded the present-day gay Log Cabin Republicans organization to defend equality.
Thomas Kraemer, Corvallis