To the editor:
This is a response to Janice Walker’s letter concerning gay marriage on Aug. 21.
To begin with, I am glad that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is overturning Amendment One. Amendment One was a clear case of tyranny by the majority. No matter how the public feels about certain subjects, they do not get to determine or vote away the rights of the minority. The public is wrong in this case, as it often is in others, and it is among our government’s duties to protect rights both from those who do us harm and fellow citizens.
Let me say again, the public does not get the power to determine who gets certain rights. Ms. Walker’s logic against gay marriage could easily be superimposed to many examples of restricting or denying rights; slavery or the civil rights movement, for example. We should not, and do not, have the power to strip rights from anyone.
The minority gets exactly the same rights as everyone else: Voting rights, freedom of speech, due process and even marriage. We do not want to live in a country where our rights are subject to the will of the people, otherwise, the rights we cherish most may as well not exist. Furthermore, do we really want a government that strips our rights in any case — no matter if we are the minority or the majority? Ms. Walker, you are a minority in some way, and I ask you to sympathize with the other side.
Are we not a free country?