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No evidence being gay parents has any negative effects on kids

Letter to the editor,
I’ve been mulling over the United States gay marriage issue for quite some time. I like to think of myself as a bit of a scholar, and in my studies I’ve often come to social issues like this. Not being much of a social person myself I wanted to see what all the fuss is about.
Being an unmarried man I can wholeheartedly say I don’t understand the big deal with letting homosexuals marry. Marriage itself seems like a waste of time on a good day, but I digress, the biggest issue that seems to arise from gay marriage is the thought that marriage is set in stone to be between a man and a woman.
I ask why that is, is it a religious issue? If so, why do we allow athiests to marry? Is it a sexual issue? If so, should people who have become otherwise sterilised be unallowed to marry? Where do we draw the line between ritual and reality?
The United States is one of the most advanced countries on the planet, and yet they waste their time on moral debates that ultimately have no effect on anyone but the indivuals themselves. Homosexuals marrying isn’t going to effect anyone.
They could be putting their efforts into getting men on to Mars, allowing medical research with stem cells that could cure diseases and save lives, exploring the early-earth-like sattelites of Jupiter and finding what could quite possibly be rudimentary life on another planet. Important things, things we as a species are going to need some day in the future.
Furthermore on the issue of gays adopting children, there is no evidence that homosexual couples raising children has any negative effect on a child. Perhaps they’ll be teased, children are cruel - but if it wasn’t about your gay parents, they would find something else. After all, children bully, it’s a natural, albeit primitive thing we humans do.
Gays adopting children has also been shown to have no effect on the childs sexuality.
Bob Dylan once wrote, “The times, they are a-changin’. The hot issues of today will be the normals of tomorrow.”
R.J. Trenchard,
Rainy River, Ont.