Re: “Don’t lightly impose beliefs on others” (letters, 5-14).
The writer makes an inarguable statement that there is a distinction between holding a personal belief about marriage and the desire to impose that belief on others. As pointed out, not all religious institutions oppose same-sex marriage.
We are currently bombarded by an attempt to merge religion, morality, and law, using religious scripture showing that God tells us heterosexuality is the “rule.”
The Bible has gone through many transformations. The popular claim of the Bible as the literal word of God, and the selection of specific scripture as proof of God’s positions, is a practice that began approximately a century ago. Prior to this, a tremendous amount of scripture was never interpreted in a literal sense. It would be lunacy to literally follow all scripture instructions; it is hypocritical to selectively choose specific scripture in an attempt to impose beliefs on others and to restrict, through legal measures, an ability for some to experience their full humanity, sharing of societal values, and everything else contained in what should be their civil rights.
Everyone is free to practice their own religion and to share their beliefs in gatherings of their choice. To pull out the trump card arguing that the legalization of same-sex marriage will harm children by legitimizing it, is crossing the line of decency in a demonstration of arrogant righteousness. Since “being right” does not allow an ability to reason, this mentality must simply be ignored.