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Voice of the People

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:06 AM

Gays should be allowed to marry

Pass a little of that "Liberi," would ya? Montani semper liberi. A fitting motto for a great state. Mountaineers are always free. But are they? We are getting away from the wisdom of our dear West Virginia grannies and sticking our nose in other people's business.

Our grandmothers KNEW everybody else's business, they just had the sense to stay out of it. They would never dream of sticking their nose into someone else's affairs, especially their marriage. "Not your business, stay out of it." But we've become something else. We've been led to believe that its OK to stick your nose in your neighbors' business if they happen to be gay.

If your pastor tried to stick his nose into your personal business, you'd find some of your old granny's gumption and tell him where else he could stick it. But when that pastor tells you to stick your nose in the business of equality for your gay neighbors, you lose that free Mountaineer spirit.

Two lessons I have learned from my Mommaw have always served me well. "Keep out of other people's business," and "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." I hope my dear friends and neighbors will summon up some of that good ol' fashioned fortitude of their grandmothers and learn to let your neighbors live the way they want, as equals, while you mind your business and they mind theirs.

Mountaineers are always free. My husband-in-waiting and I have been engaged for a year now, so give us the freedom to marry already. And make it while my Mommaw is still here to give me wedding advice, please.

Justin Murdock

Huntington

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