Once upon a time in America, certain political groups stoked fears about the impact of same-sex marriage on society. With 18 states, Canada and most of Europe now embracing same-sex marriage, we know the sky has not fallen.
Heterosexual couples have not been negatively affected. The main change has been greater equality for a group that has historically been excluded from one of the core forms of legally recognized relationships in our society. For Florida and the other states where same-sex marriage has not been recognized, the message is clear: Denying same-sex marriage is a form of discrimination that will no longer be tolerated. It is just a matter of time — and money.
Let’s take the money that could go into prolonged court battles and put it into more-productive causes. Rather than donate money to groups that promote discrimination and exclusion, let’s give the money to agencies that fight hunger, poverty or the problems in our education system.
Allan Barsky, Fort Lauderdale