Re: “Domestic partnerships: not equality,” Tiffany Razzano’s column, July 24 Editor: I suppose you deem it your charter to give voice to all representations of our society, albeit even those in the extreme minority. Fair enough. You serve us well by protecting our rights to free speech. The question is: How are we in the majority to respond to pleas like Tiffany’s? As lesbians, she and her girlfriend are part of a group of LGBT citizens that make up only 3-4 percent of our population by the latest scientific polls. Yet, their complaints against our government seem to be getting an inordinate amount of press and response in public policy. The problem seems to be a lack of consensus and will in the majority about what we think is essential to protect liberty and what is aberrant behavior. It presents a slippery slope that will continue to subject us to the tyranny of other small minorities lest we sort out what is really constitutionally defensible.
Tiffany says that she and her girlfriend are ‘just like any loving couple, that wants – no deserves – to spend their lives together.’ There will be public costs to protecting this demand – both fiscal and social. We the people ought to consider carefully whether we can afford them in the long run.