To the Editor:

Thrilled as I am, as a gay woman, that Gov. David A. Paterson wants us to have the same rights as straight couples, I am heartsick that his proposal (and California’s recognition of gay marriage) comes just before the November elections, giving the Republicans, once again, the distraction they need to get a conservative Republican elected as president.

What would happen if the Democrats waited until mid-November to raise the gay rights issue? I’ve waited so long, six more months won’t matter to me.

Linda Stein
New York, May 30, 2008

To the Editor:

Re “New York Backs Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere” (front page, May 29): This is a slippery slope on the way to a big mistake. The very same arguments that have been put forth in favor of the notion of same-sex marriage (consenting adults should be able to do as they wish with their private lives) can easily be adopted by those who might favor incestuous marriage and polygamy.

Civil unions make a lot more sense than tampering with a societal norm that has been in existence from the beginning of time in just about every culture.

Michael Goldman
East Rockaway, N.Y., May 29, 2008

Note from KBJ: I have a question for the first letter writer. Why does the issue of homosexual “marriage” help Republicans and hurt Democrats?