Bride, groom designations serve a useful purpose

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Your rejection of a marriage license with the identifications of “Bride” and “Groom” written in adjacent to “Party A” and “Party B” (Journal, Sept. 18) is (one of) the most asinine examples of ridiculous legislation from the bench I have ever seen or heard of! Are you a man with a head on your shoulders? Or are you a “Party B”? We are all either male or female. Groom (or bridegroom) is defined in Webster’s as “a man just married or about to be married.” Bride is defined as “a woman just married or about to be married.” As I recall, taxation schemes of the various states, as well as the federal government, give married couples preferential treatment because they have the ability to procreate and raise a family. Oh sure, procreation could continue, and the raising of children could continue, but it seems evident that stable family environments in which to raise children are best enabled by responsible men and women parents bringing up their children in a stable, married family. If the community can support them by giving them a tax break, that’s part of government’s responsibility. I don’t care what the lawless judges say, “Parties A & B” can’t procreate unless they are a woman (say “bride”) and a man (say “groom”). Let’s say it like it is. Lee Danforth, Ventura