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Letter: Marriage decision was right

Emily Cook, left, and friend Caryn Viverito embrace

Emily Cook, left, and friend Caryn Viverito embrace as gay rights activists celebrate at the Supreme Court in Washington, as rulings were handed down that impact on same-sex relationships. In two separate and significant victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. (June 26, 2013) Credit: AP

The July 2 letter "Marriage ruling goes against tradition" said, "The court has changed the face of marriage, which for thousands of years has been a respectful, educational and sacramental union between a man and a woman."

Well, it was also traditional to keep slaves, suppress women, teach oppression and other terrible atrocities for thousands of years -- but we must learn from those horrible mistakes of civilizations past for the greater good and a more peaceful society.

As far as being sacramental, well it depends on whose religion you are speaking of. Surely in a free society such as America, everyone is entitled to his or her own religious beliefs, and in that, not everyone believes in or shares the same sacramental values.

Carolyn Mann, Massapequa