Letters to the Editor

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Tag: gay rights

Feb.
28th

RELIGION: Citing scripture risky for both sides

Re: “Dividing point” (TNT, 2-26).

It always amuses me when individuals quote scripture without actually proofreading what they quote. According to those who oppose ordination of gays and lesbians, we are all damned to the fires of hell. In 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, it names those who will not inherit heaven, including fornicators. Hmmm. That leaves out probably 95 percent of those of us over age 16. And male prostitutes but not female prostitutes? What happened to gender equality?

On the other side, the quotations support having gays and lesbians in the churches, but nowhere state that they should

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Jan.
5th

MARRIAGE: Gregoire’s stance is welcome

Gov. Chris Gregoire is providing courageous and just leadership in her support for same-sex marriage (TNT, 1-5). Now the Legislature and the rest of us need to step up with our support. Making it legal is a matter of justice for all.

And it’s not difficult. Let the legal part of getting married be taken care of entirely at the courthouse. As couples now go there to obtain a marriage license to marry they would then go there and complete the marriage contract and be given a certificate of marriage. Nothing more to do: same for all, hetero or

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Jan.
5th

MARRIAGE: It’s time to stop discriminating

Re: “Gay marriage gains traction” (TNT, 1-5).

It’s about time that our state stops discriminating against a portion of our citizens. The rules regarding marriage should be the same for everyone. After all, it isn’t a church ceremony that makes a marriage legal. It is the license received from the state.

Kudos to the governor, and here’s hoping our Legislature will do the right thing. “Equal” rights are not “special” rights.

Oct.
14th

GAY RIGHTS: Why appease the Christian gay bashers?

Re: “Lacey woman to receive presidential honor” (TNT, 10-14).

The News Tribune ran an article about prostate cancer. It didn’t include a statement from a local Christian Science practitioner about how disease has nothing to do with viruses and bacteria but results from a lack of grace.

The article about Clarence Alford, who founded a group to encourage black students to succeed in school, didn’t have any quotes from the Washington chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

The writer of the article about the platelet shortage in Idaho spoke to someone from the Red Cross. He didn’t

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Sep.
26th

GOP: Debate crowd dishonored soldier

I decided to entertain myself by watching the latest Republican debate. I find it interesting that this party typically tags themselves as the most patriotic. One of the questions for the presidential hopefuls was asked via video by a gay soldier in Iraq. His question was whether they planned to reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy if they became president. The audience booed.

The boos were chilling in itself, but what was most dishonoring was that none of these potential commanders in chief felt it necessary to first thank the soldier for his service and admonish the audience for

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Sep.
21st

POLITICS: Gays, taxes and jobs

Three things to consider:

Don’t ask, don’t tell? It’s a big buzz in the popular press, but most federal and state government jobs that carry security clearance demand the “tell” part of this equation. Why? If you work for the State Department they don’t care if you’re gay but want to know so that you can’t be blackmailed or compromised.

If you’re gay, you’re better off in the hallowed halls of government than in the ranks of our poverty-stricken armed services.

Tea party? Has anyone read the Constitution or bothered to learn history? Look at income statistics for this

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