Here’s my letter to the editor on the anti-gay bills before the Wyoming Legislature:
Considering the success of HB 74, the “Validity of Marriage” bill, I’d like to propose an amendment to the bill. I believe HB 74 didn’t go far enough with its dictation of valid marriage.
We must ban marriage between social conservatives and not recognize such unnatural unions immediately for the good of Wyoming. These people run around all over the place, trying to tell “We the People” what’s moral, and shouting about “their right” to “define the kind of relationship they’re in.” They’re shoving their definition of morality down our throats and peeking into the keyholes of your bedroom. They parade shamelessly in front of children, preach to them, and flaunt their chosen lifestyle. Science has no proof that “you’re just born a social conservative.” It’s a lifestyle choice. If we allow them to marry, your children may be indoctrinated into thinking this perversion is normal!
I have a young nephew and I don’t want him sermonized by a teacher practicing a deviant lifestyle. I want the chance to teach him that marriage is between two compassionate, loving people. I don’t want him believing marriage consists of a man and woman who acrimoniously force others to conform to their discriminatory beliefs and practices. I can’t imagine the suffering of these poor souls waking up in the morning and asking: “How can I split up perfectly happy families today?” To protect the sanctity of marriage as a loving, beneficial family institution, we mustn’t allow these people to compulsorily divorce happy couples for the sake of their own comfort.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate social conservatives and I find that charge offensive. I even have friends I dearly love who chose this path. When they’re guests at my home, I treat them like everyone else, and even let them use my bathroom. It’s not a matter of bigotry. It’s just a matter of the social harm to society perpetuated by their marriages.
Or, instead of embracing the slippery slope of HB 74, we could consider Sen. Alan Simpson’s thoughts on HB 74 and SJR 5: “I can’t imagine anything more inhuman, insensitive and unfair. Wyoming people believe in getting the government out of their lives. We cherish the precious right of privacy, and the precious right to be left alone. Why can’t we extend that to all our other fellow human beings?”
MEG LANKER, Laramie