Letters to the Editor

It's not hard to sort out differences on gender

A recent letter writer, without any apparent basis, stated, "An awareness is spreading across the country that there is nothing inherently wrong with same-sex marriages, especially when the very idea of what constitutes gender is scientifically problematic."

I had no idea that we were having difficulty in understanding the meaning of gender. We have "masculine," "feminine" and "neuter"; that is, man, woman and it. Our high school anatomy classes made it clear to most of us what those delightful differences are.

My unabridged Webster's Dictionary says of marriage, "the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife" and "the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family."

Let's go with marriage for traditional man-woman couples, and let those couples of the same gender have their civil unions.

I am weary of today's blather about the sameness of us all. Viva la differences.

Jim Benford

Hilton Head Island