TO THE EDITOR: S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom undertook a very brave and bold act of civil disobedience ["A Gay Union," News, Feb 19]. In direct defiance of the state law defining marriage as an act between one man and one woman, he instructed city offices to begin issuing marriage license to gay/lesbian couples.

Not since the days of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have we seen such righteous indignation against discrimination and the civil disobedience that, unfortunately must be followed. It's time this country gives gays/lesbians the right to marry just like heterosexual couples. Our elected representatives in this country need to stop trying to legislate discrimination and legislate equality and freedom.

Aaron Gordon


TO THE MERCURY: A. Marriage shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)

B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

D. Since marriage is for life, no government or law shall be able to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

E. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

F. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)

Tom Trottier


TO THE EDITOR: I heard my favorite Reuben sandwiches that I thought everyone absolutely loved, have been made fun of, if not totally trashed, by my own daughter in the latest Mercury ["Last Supper," Karen Green, Feb 19]. I'll have you know that the combination of dark chewy Rye, salty corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, hot sauerkraut and cold sour cream is a culinary masterpiece of assorted, complimentary, and contrasting tastes!

Karen, next time you come visit--you are doing all the cooking. Then I will write up critiques of your food in my Library newsletter and make fun of your corn tortillas or smoothies, and all my librarian friends will laugh their heads off.

Diane Green, Colorado State University


TO THE EDITOR: In last week's Mercury, a writer compared The Walkmen to The Strokes ["Up & Coming," Feb 12]. They claimed the former sounded, strutted, and swaggered like the latter. Not only is this a lazy comparison, it's almost entirely inaccurate. Julian Casablancas has a low, alcohol-slurred voice, while Hamilton Leithauser has an unique, velvety bellow. He screams a lot (especially in concert), something Casablancas rarely does. The Strokes wear their NYC influences on their sleeves (Television, Velvets, Blondie); The Walkmen don't really fit in any category. The point is, it was a poor comparison that managed to disparage two very different bands.

Lukas Sherman


TO THE MERCURY: Why is it that every time Built to Spill plays a show here your music picks section focuses entirely on the opening bands ["Up & Coming," Feb 19]? I think Dug & Co. have earned at least a passing mention in your shitty rag, even if they haven't put out an album in nearly three years. Who the hell is paying $15 to see Denali?

I'm not going either, but can't one of your aspiring writers take the "aging indierock legends continue to sell out the Crystal Bathroom years after they become irrelevant" angle? Maybe remind us the last time BTS played a Portland show outside the McEmpire?


CONGRATS TO JASON for winning the Mercury "Letter of the Week" and two tickets to the Laurelhurst as well as passes to see Elefant at Dante's on March 6! Wowzee-whoo!


HEY MUSIC LOVERS! Prepare to flip your freaking wig. Next week in the Portland Mercury, thrill to our biggest MUSIC ISSUE yet! Filled with thoughtful essays, helpful reviews, and musical flights of whimsy--and perhaps most importantly, FREE PASSES TO SEE BRITNEY SPEARS. Do not miss it!