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Fri., April 13, 2012

Can’t define marriage differently

A recent, ridiculous Jack in the Box commercial has a son saying to his mother, “Mom, I’m getting married.” The mother asks, “Who’s the girl?” “It’s not a girl,” the son replies. “It’s bacon.”

Of course, no one can get married to food, objects, or any other matter. But the reply of “Who’s the girl?” definitely says something. The implication is that the son in this commercial could only get married to a female person in real life.

I have now noticed in dictionaries and that marriage is not only defined as the legal union of a man and woman, but redefined to include same-sex unions as well. Fortunately, the Macmillan’s Children’s Dictionary lists only marriage as the state of husband and wife.

While listening to Sacred Heart Radio, KTTO AM 970, a correct use of “so-called” was made in reference to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signing of a gay marriage bill. Maryland became the eighth state legalizing this, which was never intended by God.

The beautiful lyrics to Noel Paul Stookey’s “The Wedding Song” refer only to marriage as the union of man and wife. May it forever be that way.

Patrick Kirlin

Spokane Valley

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