To the editor:
People in various cultures have had arranged marriages to enhance the father's status in life, had parents choose their spouse based on their values etc. etc. Marriage in our culture has also been to enhance status in the upper crust where love has lost out to a parent's wish to enhance status for one reason or another. Love seems to be the accepted reason, generally, in present culture, to commit to faithfulness and affection and sexual expression and nurturing of children where that choice is made by the couple. Both heterosexual and homosexual couples can choose to be parents by the usual or alternative means.
We need to support the right of same gender people to have their relationship done legally, with all the legal benefits for each. Religious institutions have the right to bless and sanctify these relationships on both sides where their beliefs are accepted.
Religious institutions do not have the right to impose a set of religious beliefs in law governing people whose religious beliefs are different or on faith groups who approve same sex marriage.