Re "Why oppose gay marriage?" (Letters, Dec. 10): The letter echoes popular sentiments on which the gay marriage movement is based. I oppose gay marriage because homosexual couples are, uh, the same gender.
There is a complementarity between the genders that is essential for an ordered union. Beyond the obvious procreative aspects, gender complementarity imbues a marital union with a strength knit from unique feminine and masculine qualities.
Certainly, there are heterosexual couples who choose to be childless or who exhibit gross dysfunction, but they aren't the proof case for same-sex marriage. They are as unnatural and just as distorted.
Same-sex marriage would hurt my marriage by disproportionately promoting a lifestyle in competition with the natural, ordered one in which I am raising my own children to live. Same-sex marriage interferes with the purpose of my marriage to raise a caring, responsible next generation.
-- Timothy Desrochers, Roseville