Letters to the editor

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

Plural marriage not sanctioned

Mary Ann Mills' recent letter (Where's Equality?) stated that "Our government allows Mormons to practice illegal polygamy and have multiple wives, yet prohibits homosexual persons from having a legal marriage."

In the interest of correcting misinformation, the United States government has never sanctioned plural marriage, in the Mormon community or anywhere else. Although a very few members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints engaged in plural marriage in the mid- to late-1800s, the practice was officially abandoned in 1890 and Mormons were told to "refrain from contracting any marriage forbidden by the law of the land." It is my understanding any Mormon continuing this practice is excommunicated.
The United States government should enforce the standing law against polygamy. Whether they choose not to do so is no reason to legalize homosexual marriage. Presently, the voters of North Carolina have spoken regarding this issue. Mills correctly stated that "our government was set up to serve individuals with equality." The democratic process of voting is government serving individuals with equality.
Nancy Draughon
Durham

Herald-Sun is hateful.  
By selecting and running the political cartoon in today’s paper (Jan. 21), The Herald-Sun is doing the very thing the cartoon ridicules -- characterizing one group, pre-judging them and promoting an idea that everyone in that group has a particular opinion, flaw or bias.  This is political profiling and it feeds misunderstanding and wrongfully causes division among us.
The cartoon judges and denounces itself and your paper is showing its true colors.  Somehow the paper thinks its OK to promote this idea as long as it is against a group that it hates.
On a weekend where we celebrate the life of a man that is helping to bring us together, The Herald Sun demonstrates how far we have yet to come.  I am sorry to see that.
David Davis
Durham