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‘Deseret News’ editorial board, stop the whining

Dear Deseret News editorial board,

In a Sunday morning editorial, you raked President Barack Obama and all other supporters of marriage equality over the coals for so-called intrusions on the form of traditional marriage you claim to support. You called it one of the most important issues of our time and said that your definition must be upheld to continue society as we know it.

Dear Deseret News editorial board,

In a Sunday morning editorial, you raked President Barack Obama, and all other supporters of marriage equality, over the coals for so-called intrusion on the form of traditional marriage you claim to support. You called it one of the most important issues of our time and said that your definition must be upheld to continue society as we know it.

Of course, the irony is almost laughable.

Pointing out that the Mormon heritage would suggest that marriage and relationships are nothing but nontraditional and specific to each individual family would just be too simple.

So keen to pretend to have been victimized, you claim to have evidence of a surviving structure of marriage remaining a union between one man and one woman. Indeed, you’re falling into the all too common fallacy that because more states have voted to reject gay marriage, that somehow that makes it OK to remove and ban civil liberties to gays and lesbians.

But what happens when the tide shifts? What happens when more states vote to legalize marriage equality? Will you then change your tune and call it the will of the people, or will you again call foul at media outlets and activists who voice support for gay marriage? Let’s not forget that democratically elected representatives in Washington, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Maine and New York have all voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

“But the elite media’s truncated story of a tectonic shift on this profoundly important concern flies in the face of the way these issues are working themselves out at the grass-roots level,” the editorial reads. “So despite the unilateral way contemporary media has portrayed same-sex relations culturally, and despite the punditry that talks of watersheds and inevitability, each time the issue of preserving marriage as between a man and a woman has been put to voters, voters have chosen to preserve and protect traditional marriage.”

Deseret News editorial board, are you so keen to forget that in order to enter the union Utahns and Mormons had to completely disavow their support for polygamous, or nontraditional, marriage. Had the nation held a vote on your marriages, those too would have been invalidated. Hell, your precious Mitt Romney even comes from a line of polygamous Mormons.

As the second-largest print publication in the state and part of a media conglomerate that includes television news, radio news and an enormous online presence, I regret to inform you, my dear Deseret News, you are part of the elite media. You are part of the near monopoly that the Mormon Church-owned media company owns and operates as part of its public relations branch.

So seriously, stop whining. Marriage, like families and society, is constantly changing. Women are no longer killed for not being virgins before being married and they’re not property. Black men can marry white women and hell, in Utah first cousins can even marry. Women are not bought and sold through marriage and divorce is legal.

Having your personal set of values is fine. But leave my life and your imposition of morality over me out of it.

Sincerely,

Seth Bracken

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Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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