A reader writes:
I live in Maine. I've done some phonebanking for Question One. And the fact that you see no reason why kids should learn that homosexuality is part of the world is totally irrelevant to me, too.
You see, I'm charged with raising my son, and I'm wholly unconcerned with your views.
What concerns me is that my son understand the concept of equal rights for everyone. What concerns me is teaching him our duty to always better ourselves and the country we're so fortunate to live in. What concerns me is that his preschool conception of sharing actually grows into morality, and that he sees that even his father is bound by the same rules of care and concern for others.
I'm straight. I don't have gay friends.
I don't have any affinity for 'gay culture'--if that's not an offensive term. That matters as little to me as does your opinion. I'm charged with raising my son, and if I don't teach him right from wrong, I've failed as a father.
I don't phonebank for No on One for gay couples, or gay friends, or gay rights. I do it for me, and I do it for him.
And hell, if you're ever in Maine and want to babysit ...