Letter: He, she, it, and unintended consequences of new laws


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Posted Online: Nov. 19, 2012, 6:00 am
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This election, three more states legalized homosexual/same-sex marriage. I wonder if voters realize what the unintended consequences can be.

Only after the fact do we hear things like, "I didn't know that would happen," or, "I didn't know it would turn out like that!"

When you look at the legal marriage licenses in Rock Island, Scott, or Mercer counties, do you see the unintended consequences?

No longer does a county marriage license say bride and groom. Instead, it may say "Party A" and "Party B" as in Scott County; or in Rock Island County "Applicant 1" and "Applicant 2; or in Mercer County "Applicant A" and "Applicant B?.

The female bride and the male groom are legally missing. Gone is "he". Gone is "she". They are replaced by "it", as in, "applicant" or "participant".
I do not think this was the intended consequences of homosexual marriage/union laws passed in Iowa and Illinois. Yet, "he" and "she" have been changed into an "it", a lifeless thing, gender neutral. Male and female are gone. Only "it" remains, legally.

Many people, even Christians, are in favor of homosexual unions/marriages. And many Christian pastors want to bless such marriages/unions, that is, marriages of "its" rather than "hes" and "shes".

Now this may all seem silly to lots of people, but take a look at the legal marriage license in your county. And then think what your daughter or son, your granddaughter or grandson can look forward to, namely in marriage legally being changed into an "it.

Douglas W. Rettig,
Viola

















 



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