To the Editor:
Re “The Terms of Our Surrender” (column, March 2):
Ross Douthat argues that we should allow some to discriminate against same-sex couples as a concession to the opponents’ “surrender” in the battle over gay marriage. It is true that America has a history of such concessions.
When we freed the slaves and made all humans equal, as a concession to the “religious” belief in white superiority, we permitted Jim Crow, segregation and lynching law to prevail over a sizable portion of this country for a century. It is perhaps the most shameful chapter in our history.
Was this an acceptable accommodation to the religious beliefs of white supremacists? Fortunately, by the time we got around to legalizing interracial marriage, we had had enough. No one was permitted to continue to discriminate against interracial couples. Those who did were prosecuted under civil rights laws.
The legalization of same-sex marriage should be enforced with equal vigor. When I was born, my marriage (to an Asian woman) would have been illegal in many states. Fortunately, by the time I was ready to marry, such laws had been overturned.
Now we must act resolutely to end all discrimination against people based on sexual orientation. No one should get a free pass because he shrouds his hatred in the mantle of religion.
Boulder, Colo., March 2, 2014
Note from KBJ: Let me get this straight. Until a year ago, Barack Obama shrouded his hatred of homosexuals in the mantle of religion.