In Steve Kleinedler’s essay “The Very Definition of Marriage” (Perspective, June 2), I think he says it all in his last statement: “As a citizen, I have great hope that the court will rule in favor of marriage equality.” I stand right there with him and hope for the same. After that, let’s hope the military is smart enough to offer government benefits to the spouses of gay soldiers. Being gay is not a choice, and this country needs to respect that. Until such time as our nation and its people accept everyone for who they are, gay or straight, it won’t be considered the home of the free in my eyes.
Peter Rufo / Arlington
I read with interest “The Very Definition of Marriage” and wonder why marriage is only defined by an arrangement of people. Marriage can also refer to flavors of food blending together. Marriage in the days of Romeo and Juliet referred to two families combining their wealth. In the dissolution of marriage, what is always at stake is the dividing up of the wealth. The dictionary definition of marriage does not mention children, sex, job responsibilities, family connections, or religion. Marriage is a personal matter, not a government matter. If people want legal help with their arrangement, let them hire lawyers.
Pauline George / Roslindale
In response to Kleinedler’s piece, I can propose a good definition of marriage: “A legal joining of two human beings in the state of matrimony.” However, this will alter the definitions of “husband” and “wife” as they appear in my probably outdated edition of the American College Dictionary. Can’t help with those.
Janet Walsh / Braintree
D. Alison Watt’s “A Dad’s Last Message” (Connections, June 2) was so gorgeous and right there. I loved my father a whole lot and was on the edge of my seat as Watt struggled through trying to capture that last message from hers. I’m glad it worked out and that she gave us this story and her right-on reminder at the end. Thank you.
Suzanne Strempek Shea / Palmer
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