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We say, "Enough"

Doug Russell, Gardnerville Ranchos

EDITOR:

I am finally pushed out of my armchair political stance into one of action by the recent “For the Record” column by The Record-Courier’s Sheila Gardner (R-C Oct. 14).

You see, I’m one of those fearful, discriminatory folks she speaks of, with one of those eye-catching blue “Protect Marriage” signs in my front yard. Please allow me to paint you a little different picture of this issue.

In 1897, Abraham Lincoln said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers wealth and power But we have forgotten God.”

The sign in my front yard is not motivated by hate or fear but love of God and my family. Marriage has been sanctioned by God between a man and a woman since the beginning with Adam and Eve. The fact that marriage is not an easy institution to maintain in today’s world is no reason to lower our moral standard. Indeed, there are a great many of us here in Nevada (the federal government and 33 states as well) who are saying by supporting such initiatives as Proposition 2 that, “We don’t recognize same sex marriages and we really mean it.”

Is this really necessary? It is really an unfortunate situation that the moral fiber of our society has eroded to this point that something like this is even an issue, but it has. Good people everywhere of many different faiths are coming together and finally standing up to say, “Enough!”

Those of us supporting this issue are not trying to single out anyone, remove any rights (it’s already against the law, remember?) or discriminate. I agree wholeheartedly that what people do in the privacy of their own homes is “none of our business,” but when you take an issue such as same-sex marriage and put “legalizing” it into the public forum, it becomes everyone’s business. Stop and think for a moment. If same-sex marriage is recognized in the state of Nevada, will it be taught to our public schools as an acceptable lifestyle for the general populace? Will clergy of any denomination be forced to perform such unions against the basic doctrines of their churches? This possibility is not acceptable to a very large number of Nevadans and Americans, and so we are fighting to keep this from happening!

Sheila stated, “I expect to be on the losing side of this one after Election Day,” and I certainly hope and pray that she is correct! It is time to bring our state and our nation back to the moral standards established by our founding fathers, with God as the director.

Please join with us, get out and vote yes on Proposition 2 on Election Day.