I read Bishop David Zubik's article in the Sunday Post-Gazette with interest ("When Two Become One," Sept. 15 Forum). His insistence that marriage "has always been defined and understood as two becoming one to create life, to create family, to create society, to create goodness through the generations" troubles me.
Is he saying that my marriage, at the age of 53 to a man of 55, was not permissible because there was no way that we could "create life" at those ages? Indeed, if we did create a "family," it was because we both embraced each other's relatives and considered them our own. But if that's OK, then surely same-sex couples can do likewise! In fact, many of them do become parents, whether by adoption or assistance.
Given all the state and federal benefits that apply only to married couples, under current Pennsylvania law these parents are cruelly prevented from properly providing for themselves and the children who are legally under their care.
I think the bishop needs to think again!
ROSEMARY K. COFFEY