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Letter: America should institute a new term for gay unions

America should institute a new term for gay unions

There aren’t too many role models these days, so when I read about Kim Davis refusing to obey a government edict on the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, I was impressed. Even going to jail over this didn’t bother her, because in her mind she was obeying the law of a higher power. For those who do not believe in this higher power, she might have added the phrase, “It goes against natural law.” Technically, Davis was determined not to upset the natural scheme of things and confuse what has been accepted since the beginning of time – that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Same-sex couples can love each other and, in a civil ceremony, pledge themselves to each other. There is nothing wrong in that. But in my opinion, the pledging and union of same-sex couples should have its own title. Perhaps a new word, meaning the pairing and pledging of two persons of the same sex, with comparable benefits to married couples, an example being, “pairredge.” Why couldn’t town clerks issue “pairriage licenses”? Davis might have been OK with that. It’s a simple solution that, in my opinion, should be considered. Being married or “pairried” would clear up a lot of things for a lot of people, and would not infringe on the long-standing Christian belief of marriage or infringe on the religious freedoms that we all have cherished, since the foundation of our country.

Norman Machynski

Cheektowaga