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Marriage for heterosexuals, not same-sex partners

Published: May 20, 2012

The issue of same-sex marriage has recommendations and endorsements from political activists, and now the president. Members of the gay community feel they're the recipients of discrimination, but the truth is very few people discriminate against them. Marriage is an institution that's been the foundation of a family since the beginning of civilization. It's always been the result of the union of a man and a woman. Same-sex unions can't be considered equal to marriage, from nature, history and religious traditions that go back thousands of years.

Same-sex partners should share the same rights of heterosexual marriages, but they aren't and shouldn't be considered equal to the union of man and woman. Oklahoma and other states properly and clearly define what generations of couples have always considered sacred — marriages between man and woman.

John M. Salmeron, Oklahoma City