Marriage and the people's vote

June 16, 2009
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SOMEONE NEEDS to give David DeMoss a civics lesson ("What's 'inevitable' is fight for Mass. vote on gay marriage," Letters, June 5). We do not live in a democracy, we live in a republic. Civil rights issues should never come to a popular vote in a republic. It would be frightening to live under a system where the majority can vote itself anything it wants. One of the most important functions of our republic is to protect the rights of minorities who may not have enough votes to protect themselves.
David Mordecai, Weston

DAVID DEMOSS (Letters, June 5) writes that the gay-rights community did not win a fair fight in Massachusetts, because the populace was not allowed to vote on the constitutional amendment forbidding the recognition of gay marriages. However, about 90 percent of the populace is straight. How can such a majority presume to vote on an issue that exclusively affects gays, and how could such a vote possibly be considered fair?
Tom Robinson, Wayland

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