Putting issues to a vote is way democracy works

It was with great disappointment I read the Oct. 17 editorial, “Not a matter for a vote.”

I recall that The Maui News took the position that marriage is a right that cannot be taken away by a vote, that limiting marriage to heterosexual couples would be discrimination. And that is absolutely right. It is discrimination.

Indeed, I do not want to live in a society that does not discriminate. One behavior is considered within the mores of society and another is not. In a democracy, what will be and will not be allowed behavior is indeed a matter for vote.

There are lots of laws I don’t care for. If I don’t like them, I can try to persuade the majority to make a change. Maybe I failed civics 101, but that’s sure how I recall democracy modeled.

Dean Schmucker