In Sunday’s Letters to the Editor section of The New Mexican, there was one letter from José Vásquez that suggested “the lesson learned from the Leland Valdéz tragedy is that it’s best by far to support traditional marriages.”
It was the first time I’ve heard this argument in the aftermath of the boy’s death and thought there would be plenty of readers who would find his perspective interesting.
Here is the two paragraph letter that published on Sunday:
The healthiest relationship for children is the traditional family — one man, one woman, married as husband and wife. Despite attempts to redefine family, history has always proven this to be exactly true. The question we always ask after a horrific tragedy such as the death of little Leland Valdéz is “could it have been prevented?” The best we’ve done so far is blame the little boy’s death on Children, Youth and Families Department, the Sheriff’s Department and the boy’s father for not showing up in court.
Several bills declaring marriage in New Mexico as being between one man and one woman have been introduced in the current Legislature. We should work to strengthen one man, one woman marriages, rather than manipulating and sanctioning other relationships. The lesson learned from the Leland Valdéz tragedy is that it’s best by far to support traditional marriages.
— José Vásquez, Santa Fe