Letters to the Editor

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Tag: gay rights

April
2nd

INDIANA: Writer confuses what with whom

Re: “Demonstrators aren’t going far enough” (letter, 4-2).

The writer sarcastically suggests that Indiana’s so-called “religious freedom” law isn’t broad enough and should force Muslim meat markets to carry pork chops, Orthodox Jews’ restaurants to serve bacon cheeseburgers, etc.,

I suggest that the letter writer has confused “what you can serve in your own establishment” with “whom you can serve.”

The former would be denying religious freedom, the latter denies civil rights. Oops.

Dec.
16th

TACOMA: Don’t support Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is opening its first fast food restaurant in Tacoma in 2015. Chick-fil-A donated money to the Family Research Council (FRC) which has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The FRC lobbied the U.S. Congress against a bill that would condemn the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, which would make being gay punishable by death. Supporting policies that allow for gay people to be put to death is extreme, whether you support marriage equality or not.

Getting a new restaurant in the city is exciting, but residents of Tacoma should remember where their money is going. No matter

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July
26th

OBAMA: Critic could use a reality check

Re: “Speech puts failure on display” (letter, 7-26).

The letter is about as far away from reality as it gets. The writer says a recent speech by President Obama shows his failures, when actually it clearly illustrates the failures of the Party of No, otherwise known as the Republicans.

The modern world is not something the conservatives can accept, as they constantly throw roadblocks in front of the president on such issues as comprehensive health care for all citizens, fair immigration policies, women’s health and women’s choice, gay rights, stronger gun laws, protecting the environment, reining in the excess

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March
26th

MARRIAGE: Supreme Court shouldn’t legislate

The U.S. Supreme Court will be “legislating” when hearing same-sex marriage cases this week. There is nothing in the Constitution permitting same-sex marriage.

Marriage, since time immemorial, has always been defined, practiced and recognized as the union of one man and one woman – in every nation, society and religion. Same-sex relationships are quite different from “traditional marriage” – physically, morally, legally, spiritually and in their essential ability to procreate our species.

No single group has a legal, moral or ethical right to appropriate another’s definition of its behavior and then apply that definition to its own different behavior or

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Feb.
11th

SCOUTS: Nothing complex about issue

In a society not so inured to hypocrisy, we would all be able to laugh at Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith’s nonsensical statement about the complexity of rescinding the ban against gay scouts (TNT, 2-7).

There is nothing the least complex about the issue. Why can’t officials just say what they mean?

The BSA is caught in a trap of its own making. For far too long, the organization has kowtowed to a highly vocal minority of fundamentalists who wield power in this country way out of proportion to their numbers. Those of us who try to live

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Jan.
28th

GOP: To stop being ‘stupid party’ is an admirable goal

I’m not quite sure what to think of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent speech. On one hand, I loved the part that said the Republicans “must stop being the stupid party.” Unfortunately, the rest of the speech indicated that he, too, was in need of some educating.

For example, Jindal’s America:

• Relegates women to the lowest form of human life – following men and the unborn. Denying women the right to make their own medical decisions is the worst form of tyranny.

• Shoves gay people back into the closet by denying them the right to marry whom they

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Jan.
16th

GAGA: Some don’t get her anti-bullying message

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” tour arrived at the Tacoma Dome, and what did we witness? No problems with the adult and teen concertgoers, but a group from Florida funding an airplane to fly a banner “Not Born This Way” and bringing protesters to harass the peaceful line of attendees.

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” message is a message for any kid who is bullied for any reason. That does include gay kids. It also includes overweight kids, skinny kids, kids of all races, girls, boys, nonathletes, artists and kids with any other imperfection perceived to make them different.

Even

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Sep.
11th

ELECTION: GOP platform too radically right

After watching most of the Republican and all of the Democratic speeches from both conventions, I am amazed that everyone seems to be overly concerned about the economy and little else.

I’m retired, low-income (read poor) and I’m not worried about the economy nearly as much as what we may lose if the Republicans are elected in 2012. From their speeches it seems that the GOP wants women to be transported back to the 1950s, gays to just shut up and get back into the closet, and all minorities to quit being uppity and remember their place.

If the GOP

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