Letter: Arguments against marriage equality used against women's right to vote

Published January 16, 2014 1:11 pm

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During the 42-year debate over "redefining" voting power to give women the vote, many argued:

• A majority of Americans don't want women to vote.

• Voting has always been one MAN/one VOTE. Even predating our nation, history shows us that men have always led. It's not the proper role of women to make these decisions.

• The Declaration of Independence says "All MEN are created equal," not all men AND women. The Founding Fathers were clear on this.

• If we let women vote, what next? Little kids voting? My dog voting? My goat voting? My washing machine voting? Where does it end?

• Equal rights for women is a "novel" concept in all of world history.

• Yes we changed voting rights in 1869 when we extended voting to blacks, but we didn't redefine voting. It's always been one man/one vote. And black men don't appreciate women trying to usurp their fight for equality.

• God commanded that "I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet." — 1 Timothy 2:12. Allowing women to vote would be an affront to God.

Were these valid arguments?

Grant Larimer

Salt Lake City