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Even if you don't approve of gay marriage, don't denigrate gay parents

Even though I am not a proponent or advocate of same-sex marriages, I totally disagree with the negative views as expressed by Benedict Frederick Jr. in his letter to The Sun ("Same-sex marriage: Harmful to kids," Feb. 6). A great many children are victims of divorce or separation by their parents. Many of those children have carried unpleasant thoughts of either verbal or physical abuse during their childhood and, indeed, many of those same children have been or still are in therapy to allay those memories.

Mr. Frederick states that children will lead a more normal life if they are raised by heterosexual couples. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Being raised by unhappy couples does not always lead to happy memories of one's childhood. Although I do not approve of same-sex marriages, I do know that there are many of these partners who have chosen to adopt, use a surrogate or any other means to become parents and are proud of their decisions and are giving those children more love and devotion than they would have received otherwise.

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Freda Garelick, Baltimore

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