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Letters: In marriage issue, rights of state are also important
Jan 10, 2014 | 921 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor,

At first reading I was disturbed by the Jan. 2 editorial  (Editor’s Musings, Same sex marriage is the law in Utah).

It sounded as if the Clipper was condoning the decision of activist judges to deny the right of Utah to establish our own laws and was welcoming the institution of alternative marriages in our community. 

I hope that was not your intent.

As opponents of legalizing alternative marriage, it is very difficult to explain to those who do not share our position how we can truly care for those who live different lifestyles than we do and still stand against their right to marry. 

Professions of brotherly love and respect must fall hollow on their ears. Perhaps they feel the same: love for their opponents, but inability to compromise on their principles. 

I pray that we will one day find a way to validate and accommodate needs of both sides and still be true to our deep convictions. 

Law and logic seem incapable at this point of reconciling the two. 

I am proud to live in a community that handled the controversial circumstances of last week with grace and yes, love. I am also proud to live in a community where that love was received with grace and appreciation.

My sister is gay. It took both of us awhile to reconcile our very different opinions and experience, but I am happy to say that now we have a very close relationship. 

I learned to open my mind and accept what I could not understand and she learned to calm her anger and quit looking for offenses. Now the differences are invisible between us. 

Hopefully the events of last week will help all on both sides of the issues to grow in understanding and acceptance.

And may we all pray to whatever power we each recognize that a solution agreeable to all will be found and that we can all live together in peace, acceptance and love. 

Sincerely,

Marilyn Jones

Bountiful 

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