I welcome a response by a letter to the editor concerning the racial prejudice of the South, (Turner, 11-16-12, pg. 4). She claimed I know nothing about Southern voters. I do because I have been a southerner for the last 85 years. She said I believe in gay marriages, late term abortions, and promote a government that gets into everyone’s lives.

I discussed the Constitution and its limited powers. Having been a criminal prosecutor, in the South for 16 years and a defense lawyer for 20 years, I had some of the finest lawyers teach it to me. In court. As an Army Reserve Officer I attended the finest schools on the subject, including the exclusive National Defense University. I never said I believe in gay marriages, late term abortions nor promote a government that gets into everyone’s lives in every facet.

What I did say is that the Bill of Rights prohibits the government from interfering in one’s private lives, including abortions and gay marriages, and denies the government from forcing a religious belief on us.

I have supplied a Baptist pulpit, taught a senior boys Sunday School Class for 17 years, been Sunday School Superintendent for seven years, have read the James Version of the Holy Bible thrice, once in the Korean War.

Whether gay marriages or abortions is right or wrong, the U.S. Constitution denies the government a right to decide. You obviously believe the government has a right and power to decide. You obviously believe the government have the power to decide.

One final point. The gay marriage issue is not about religion or right or wrong. First, the issue is limited to the federal government. Second, the issue is only about benefits. Insurance, retirement pay, death benefits due a surviving partner. The equal Protection Clause comes into play, not the issue of gay marriage.

You do not know how I feel about gay marriages, abortions or interfering in our private lives. Now you do know how much I value the U.S. Constitution.

Respectfully;

Colonel George Day

JAG (retired)

Brownwood