I read John Yelton's letter to Mountain Xpress regarding Mayor Terry Bellamy's vote on same-sex domestic-partner benefits and became quite intrigued by the logic behind his comments. I have to agree that in 100, 50 or even 20 years, this will be a non-issue, but that doesn't necessarily bode well for society as a whole.
Claiming Mayor Bellamy's vote is "immoral" was far and away the most intriguing statement made by Yelton. You see, I wonder what morality is today. There are few determining factors anymore to give us moral guidance. What Yelton considers moral or immoral does not necessarily stack up with the opinions of other people: One man's meat is another man's poison.
You see, morality has become very subjective in our postmodern world. We no longer have any benchmark left in society to base moral issues on, and we are left with people's varied opinions. I would love to know what benchmark Yelton uses in determining Bellamy's morals.
You see, Bellamy's actions have probably found great support from many people within the Asheville community. Certainly, central Asheville is made up of a very liberal and eclectic mix of people; however, greater Asheville, where the bulk of the population resides, is somewhat more conservative. It seems that their opinions are of little importance to Yelton.
Thirty-one states have voted against the issue of gay marriage, and six have forced legislation through the courts. It is a sad day when the opinion of the masses is railroaded by liberal bigots. It seems this liberal bigotry is alive and kicking in the Asheville community. I am thankful that we have a mayor who has the courage to stand by her convictions and not be bullied and harangued into making decisions that fail to address the concerns of the entire population.
As I stated above, Yelton is probably correct: In 100, 50 or even 20 years, this will be a non-issue. I dread to see how far society's morals will have slid to by then and the sort of anarchic world we have produced.
— Shaun Duncan