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Open Letter to The Union Leader

Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:37:41 -0400
Subject: Gay Marriage
From: Brian Chabot

To whom it may concern;

I have recently been made aware of the Union Leader's policy on
printing announcements for homosexual weddings, as reported by WMUR

While it is, of course, your right to publish what you please, I
cannot help but feel dismayed at your decision.

Since the beginning of 2010, the State of New Hampshire has allowed
same-sex marriages to be recognized by the State.

I can understand the argument regarding the "sanctity of marriage"
even while I disagree that such a sanctity is in jeopardy.  No one is
forcing you to marry anyone against your will or religious beliefs and
no one is forcing your church to marry anyone against your religious

As someone who has many friends who are involved or have been involved
in same-sex relationships, I have had the opportunity to observe the
differences and similarities in their lives compared to traditional
heterosexual couples.  To be blunt, the ONLY difference is in the
genders.  Gay couples love and argue, just like heterosexual couples.
They have long term relationships and sometimes have relationships
which do not work out.  Just like you and me.

I see no problem with allowing two people in a committed, loving
relationship to marry.  The State of New Hampshire agrees.

If the Union Leader wants to go against the will of the People of New
Hampshire, and remain in the dark ages, that is your prerogative.

I would like to urge you to reconsider this decision and give all
loving couples who choose to marry, the same attention in your
marriage announcements section.

Thank you for your time,

Brian Chabot
Independent (Write-In) Candidate for US Senate (NH)