12:45 PM PDT, October 31, 2012
It seems odd that the voice for a "no" vote on Question 6 should be that of a Virginia legislator, but even stranger is his argument against Question 6 ("Vote no to immorality," Oct. 27).
Virginia Del. Bob Marshall argues that Christian theology should govern this country. If he would object to Sharia law being imposed on us, he should be just a vigorous in objecting to Halacha (Jewish religious law), or strict Catholicism, Calvinism, or Confucianism. This is a secular nation, decidedly not a Christian theocracy. As a legislator, he should be conversant with the Constitution and its First Amendment, which unambiguously states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
But Delegate Marshall ignores the law he is sworn to uphold. And why not? In addition to the law of the land, he's also allergic to facts. The New Family Structures Study, which he uses to support his position, has come under scrutiny for slipshod methodology and biased sampling, leading one social science researcher to say, "the way it was conducted is so breathtakingly sloppy that it is useful only as an illustration of how you can play fast and loose with statistics." Mr. Marshall might as well have used sheep livers to support his position, for all the validity of this sad survey.
Except for his argument being aimed at gays, it is identical to the ones used to justify miscegenation laws in the last century.
He then concludes his foolish diatribe with "while all persons are created equal, not all behavior is equal." He seems to believe that sexual orientation is a matter of choice. It is not. If Mr. Marshall wants to promote bigotry, intolerance, intellectual dishonesty, and second-class citizens in his state, that's between him and the people of Virginia. But it should carry no weight among voters here in Maryland.
Mitch Edelman, Finksburg
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