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Letter: Hold national referendum for ruling on gay marriage

Hold national referendum for ruling on gay marriage

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” The Constitution clearly provides society freedom of religion, not freedom from religion as is becoming the popular political notion.

Historically our Founding Fathers agreed there should be separation of church and state. However, the Supreme Court has not always interpreted the constitutional principle as absolute, and the proper extent of separation between government and religion remains an ongoing subject of impassioned debate.

A great deal of public attention has been directed to perceived religious incursions but none to government incursions. Should government and politicians be the arbiters who define what is a marriage and what is moral because a politician disagrees with religious practices or beliefs? General public acceptance of this agenda is largely misrepresented by the media.

Gay unions being redefined as marriage is yet another example of a special interest group getting precedence over the national interest. This attack denigrates the status of the nuclear family. Weak and non-existent family structure is a recipe for troubled children. What about a national referendum?

Louis L. Boehm

Orchard Park