The Oct. 19 commentary section contains a column by M.D. Harmon, describing the “harms” of gay marriage (“Is gay marriage harmful? Let me count the ways”). And then he spends virtually the entire column talking about the harm done to children raised in a home without a mother and a father.

What does that have to do with the issue of gay marriage? Where in the law is there any requirement that a married couple have children? Don’t the majority of benefits and protections in our marriage laws apply to childless couples? Gay couples are already allowed to adopt children, and will continue to do so whether or not they’re legally married.

The one obvious difference is that if they can marry, their children will have all the benefits and protections provided under the law to other couples – which will actually protect those children, rather than harm them. It’s odd that Mr. Harmon left that out of his piece.

He goes on about the dangers of fatherless children, yet offers no reason whatsoever as to how this law will change that number. If he’s concerned about fatherless children, shouldn’t he be fighting to outlaw divorce?

He then throws in a whopper at the end – “every person and every religion that disagrees will be labeled as bigoted and openly discriminated against.” So his solution to avoid being discriminated against is to continue discriminating against someone else?

He ends it all with another complete non sequitur – “to support natural marriage as good for children” – while making no logical connection whatsoever between gay marriage and children. Please vote “yes” on Nov. 6, and treat others as you would have them treat you.