Sharon Broussard is a black columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer who on June 6 wrote on why blacks should support same sex marriage, pointing out that influential voices in the black community (which along with Catholics, evangelicals, and Mormons are the most opposed to it) had come around to the idea that this was an important civil rights issue.
On June 11, 2012, the newspaper published this letter to the editor in response to her column that I quote in its entirety.
I was amused by Sharon Broussard’s column on Wednesday advising blacks to back gay marriage. She cites Supreme Court decisions and references Christian beliefs in supporting her position.
Ms. Broussard might want to research the lack of marriage in the black community, which has been saddled with unwed mothers and absent fathers.
Blacks should back marriage, period.
Gary Easter, North Olmsted
I read this letter several times to try and understand what was being said. He seems to be arguing that black people should not support same sex marriage because there are not enough black heterosexual marriages. But that makes no sense. Besides which, Broussard is backing marriages. After all, she does say she wants more people to be allowed to marry.
Letters like this interest me because the language used indicates that they were written by literate people who have forsaken logical thinking.