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Diversity of Opinion

This letter was co-signed by 43 other MIT community members.

Dear Editor:

For a newspaper bent on supporting diversity, it is ironic that The Tech would state an “official opinion” (see Opinion Policy) strongly supporting same-sex marriage and leave so little room for diversity of opinion on this subject (see “Victory for Gay Marriage,” Dec. 2). We would like to point out that a significant portion of the MIT community believes strongly in preserving the traditional definition of marriage.

Just two days before The Tech editorial was printed, The Boston Globe published an article about religion at Harvard and MIT stating that “there are 15 evangelical Christian fellowship groups at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology alone... Hundreds of MIT students are involved in these fellowships -- blacks, whites, Hispanics, and Asians” (“God on the Quad,” Dec. 30). The article also explained that evangelical Christians believe only in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. This is not to mention the many other religious and secular groups and individuals on campus who likewise support traditional marriage.

Please understand that by championing the cause of one group on campus, you are marginalizing the religions and core belief systems of other MIT groups. In the spirit of MIT’s “accepting community” to which you refer, we urge The Tech to take a more balanced and representative approach to this issue.

Cristie Charles