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Forcing moral judgment? Yes I am

March 8, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

Those who oppose same-sex marriage are often accused of trying to force their moral judgments on others.

Speaking as one who has been thus accused, I plead guilty. Wholeheartedly. When it comes to same-sex marriage, I am indeed trying to impose my moral judgment on those who oppose that judgment. And I am not in the least ashamed of it.

Like many other Minnesotans, I believe that all sexual activity between members of the same sex is unnatural and immoral. I believe that if homosexuals are given free access to the foundational institutions of our society, nothing but evil can result.

I am particularly concerned about the welfare of children. If homosexual unions are given the legal status of marriages, there will be nothing preventing them from adopting children and raising them to follow in their own footsteps.

These are strong moral judgments. And there are some who will say that I may apply these judgments to myself, but it's wrong for me to try to force them on others.

I could not disagree more. As a citizen of Minnesota, I have the right to cast my vote wherever my conscience leads me. I have the right to vote for whatever constitutional amendment I feel is best for myself and this state. It does not matter whether I cast my vote for religious reasons or for non-religious reasons. It is my right.

I will not apologize for trying to "force my moral judgments on others." I will thank God for letting me live in a country where I have a vote that I can use to shape a society where good prevails and evil is suppressed.

Michael Thom

New Ulm



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