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Can a minority effect change?

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Re: Steve/Cokie (Roberts): ?On the side of love ?,? (Another View, July 10): First off, I think gay couples should (and do have in many cases) the same civil union rights as married couples. The problem, as I see it, is that once you define marriage as anything other than a union between one man and one woman, ?Katie bar the door!? there is already a push for multiple parents here in ?loony? California. Southeast Idaho and Utah have a large population (under the radar, of course) of polygamous households. How do you put restraints on once you?ve broken the mold? The Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8 will, I?m sure, be overturned. How a small (2-plus percent, by most polls) minority can change thousands of years? tradition is beyond my understanding. Don Marker, Alta