I meant to provoke; extreme view wasn't mine

2014-06-16T00:00:00Z I meant to provoke; extreme view wasn't mine nwitimes.com

I submitted a letter on gay marriage. That was extreme. I wanted to provoke an honest debate on the issue of homosexuality by provoking the most extreme view, which is not my view, but an extreme view some people have. This is what I meant, and should have said.

"Marriage, and divorce, is based on the pursuit of happiness. Marriage is about taking care of one another. The state of Indiana has to prove before the courts that homosexuality is of harm, or detriment to society, a crime, or a mental illness. The state has to give a valid reason why homosexuals should be denied their right to the pursuit of happiness.

"The federal government recognizes a homosexual couple's right to federal benefits such as Social Security. The state has to give a valid reason why homosexual couples by means of marriage should be denied benefits granted by the federal government."

- Barry L. Emigh, Merrillville

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