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posted: 5/25/2013 5:00 AM

Follow federal law on same-sex marriage

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Gay marriage is like an oxymoron. The word "gay" (or homosexual) precludes fulfilling the primary purpose of marriage. The primary purpose of marriage has, since the beginning of time, been to provide an institution for the procreation of the earth.

Although there are many strong moral, religious and sociological reasons against gay marriage, there is also one that is rarely mentioned. This is federal law. The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton on Sept. 21, 1996. There would be hardly any discussion of this issue in state legislatures if we had a president who would enforce this law, which says quite simply "The word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife ..."

States that pass gay marriage laws should and maybe will be challenged in federal courts. The only purpose of gay marriage that I can find is to further the gay community's effort to legitimize, and make "normal," homosexual behavior which many people all over the world consider immoral, sinful and against God's laws.

Roland G. Ley

Arlington Heights

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