Denying the reality of same-sex couples won't make them go away

Reading Jean Marbella's column on anti-gay marriage TV ads left me scratching my head in bewilderment at the actions of conservatives who routinely deny the facts ("So just who's 'teaching' gay marriage?" Oct. 31).

It is an indisputable fact that gay people exist. So why the full-court press by conservatives to deny or mask that reality?

The anti-gay TV ads in question claim that gay marriage will be taught in schools if Question 6 passes. This supposition confuses me as much as it does Ms. Marbella. If Question 6 passes it will be a matter of historical record that the 2012 election upheld the right of gay people to legally wed in Maryland. Shouldn't that fact be mentioned in a civics or history classes?

We wouldn't preclude educators from teaching other historical facts, such as the Vietnam War or the Civil Rights Movement. The notion that hiding historical truths is somehow noble or moral is baffling.

As a father, I consider few things more vital to my children's development than access to the truth. Some truths, like the efforts of many conservatives to deny marriage equality to gays, may cause me to dry heave with disgust, but I refuse to suppress it simply because I find fault with it.

Ignorance pacifies and subjugates, while knowledge enlightens and liberates. That said, I eagerly await the day when such TV ads are viewed with the same well-deserved disgust and revulsion evoked by the footage of fire hoses turned against demonstrators in 1960s Birmingham, Ala.

Patrick G. Muth, Bowleys Quarters

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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