Letters to the Editor

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Tag: gay marriage

April
27th

MARRIAGE: No point in legalizing same-sex unions

Many articles have been written about the recent passing of the marriage equality bill in Washington. Nearly all of them point out the freedom which this law will bring to those seeking a gay marriage, but none highlight the consequences or talk about the purpose of the government passing this bill in the first place.

Our legislators have not thought this through. In the act of redefining marriage, they will in turn redefine the family and the culture around them.

What is the purpose of marriage, and why does the government even recognize it? When the state legally recognizes a

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April
27th

RELIGION: Issue was no petty ‘spat’

I strongly object to the headline “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat” that appeared on the front page of The News Tribune (4-27).

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “spat” as “a petty quarrel, or dispute.” The decisions by the four churches that decided to leave the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Presbytery of Olympia that released them, were thoughtfully and prayerfully made, as well as a long time in coming.

As was indicated in the article, but not in the headline, the issue is more than having to do with the participation of gays. The decision to remain

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April
24th

RELIGION: Referendum inspires Catholic bashing

It appears that Referendum 74 has evolved into a prime opportunity to disparage the Catholic Church.

It amazes me the number of people who are free with their suggestions for the reformation of the church, and those who relate their disappointing experiences with the church. They seem to forget that there are a number of other churches also opposed to Referendum 74 and also collecting petition signatures.

I believe that I have the right to at least vote on the issue instead of being dictated to by the governor. So I would suggest that all the reformers, the haters and

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April
20th

MARRIAGE: Archbishop doing the Vatican’s bidding

Re: “Catholic leader gets it wrong” (letter, 4-18).

As a very senior citizen and lifelong Catholic, I learned from an early age that the church governs only in a matter of faith and morals. When the letter writer speaks of the Seattle archbishop urging Catholics to vote against same-sex marriage, this was not just the position of the archbishop but the position of the Vatican.

Signing the Referendum 74 petition would not make me homophobic. I have a good friend who is a lesbian, and I would defend her right to choose whomever she pleases to make life-and-death decisions

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April
18th

MARRIAGE: Petitions don’t belong in parish

Re: “Catholic leader gets it wrong” (letter, 4-18).

I also am saddened by Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s letter to Catholics regarding Referendum 74. But what saddens me even more is that he has strongly suggested to area pastors that signatures supporting Referendum 74 be gathered on church grounds after services.

Fortunately some pastors, including the pastor of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, have said no. There will be ample opportunity for those wishing to sign the petition to do so. It should not happen on parish grounds.

April
18th

MARRIAGE: Protect the rights of all

Re: “Overturn harmful legislation” (letter, 4-15).

The author claims that marriage between a man and a women is the foundation of civilization. To that person, only the people who subscribe to that concept of marriage can be included in civilization.

I find that very troubling. I am heterosexual, and I don’t personally understand why two men or two women who fall in love want to get married and have a life together equal to everyone else. But it is not important that I understand that. It’s only important that they have the right under our Constitution to be different

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April
18th

MARRIAGE: God’s morality outweighs man’s

Re: “Catholic leader gets it wrong” (letter, 4-18).

It is correct that in 1973 a small percentage within the American Psychological Association declared that homosexuality was no longer pathological and removed the behavior off the deviant list.

At that time, a referendum was held to see if psychiatrists would agree to delete homosexuality from the deviant list. However, only 25 percent of the APA voted. Of those who voted only three out of five voted “yes.” That means only 15 percent of the APA voted to remove homosexuality from the diagnostic manual.

The diagnosis was political, and no one

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April
17th

MARRIAGE: Archbishop gets it wrong

Last Sunday, our Catholic archbishop distributed a letter to every parish in Western Washington urging Washington’s Catholics to sign the petition for Referendum 74, which would overturn this state’s same-sex marriage law.

As a local physician, I find Referendum 74 incongruous. It has been more than a quarter century since the Academy of Psychiatry removed homosexuality from the list of sexual disorders. My profession has long since accepted homosexuality as a normal expression of human sexuality. To promote healthy, stable relationships within normal sexual expression would strengthen our social fabric.

But beyond this cold, clinical progress, gay marriage can be

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