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Your editorial last week (“Policies impact the bottom line”) mentions “the breathtaking change in acceptance of same-sex marriage that this entire country has undergone in the last decade.” That’s wishful thinking on your part, not fact. In fact, 38 states have passed laws to preserve the definition of marriage as a man-woman union in the last decade, including Virginia. Only twelve have changed their definition to include same-sex relationships. Public opinion polls tend to skew favorable on same-sex marriage because it is the “politically correct” position, but the most accurate poll is the ballot box. I support Virginia’s law because marriage exists to bring a man and woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces. Marriage was never meant to be a government stamp of approval for an emotional bond, it has always been the least restrictive means to ensure the well-being of children and therefore of society. Your suggestion that my position is intolerant, “oh-so-outdated,” and favors treating people as “second-class citizens” is offensive. Next time you write about this highly-charged issue, take a cue from President Obama and acknowledge that there are people of good will on both sides of it.

Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Herndon