Your editorial "Casualty of same-sex marriage vote" [Sept. 28] attributed the motive of "revenge" to those who voted against State Sen. Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) in his primary bid for re-election because he voted last year for homosexual unions as equal to marriage.

Newsday's charge impugns the integrity and courage of those who may have voted against McDonald because they are convinced that calling homosexual unions marriage is against the natural moral law, and over time will do great damage to the social fabric and the common good.

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If we cite McDonald for his "courage and conviction," are we to deny the same to those who oppose his view? The mule can say continually to the horse: "We're equal; I'm a horse, too." The horse must reply; "Indeed, you can tow the plow in the field as we do. But as for being a horse, no way."

The Rev. Daniel S. Hamilton, Lindenhurst

Editor's note: The writer is the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.