Brother Ron Barnes
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Same Sex Marriage


Dear Brother Ron

It seems a lot are looking at the same-sex marriage issue only in the sense that's there's only 2 sides to the issue(s) that they are discussing, your side and my side. But in my humble opinion there is a 3rd side, the compassionate side.

Rick


Dear Rick

Actually, Rick, the same-sex marriage issue has more sides than a geodesic dome. There's the historical side, which springs from the traditions of keeping the tribal gene pool pure and solidifying rights of inheritance. Then there's the religious side, which claims that God intended men to bond with women to replenish the earth. Then there's the economic side, which gets into taxation, Social Security survivorship, group health insurance and other issues.

Then there's the parenting issue, which debates the pros and cons of two parents of the same sex. Don't forget the social implications of community acceptance of these unions. And finally, there's the political side, at which point all logic and reason gives way to mob psychology and showmanship.

There are pros and cons to each issue and we haven't even begun to explore the various dynamics of individual relationships. Such issues as abuse, addiction and codependence are present in all types of relationships. So anybody who bases  their opinion on limited experience and knowledge of one aspect is guilty of acute tunnel vision.

Personally, it's all I can do to keep up with what goes on under my own roof. The rest of you are on your own.

Best always
Brother Ron