Letters to the Editor

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Tag: same-sex marriage


MARRIAGE: What happened to religious freedom?

Re: “Florist says she won’t serve gays” (TNT, 2-21).

Article 1, Section 11 of the Washington Constitution states, “Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion . . .”

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland is being sued by the state for declining to florally decorate for a same-sex wedding. The business had for nine years provided flowers for one of the individuals being married, with no difference in relationship or treatment from

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MARRIAGE: Florist standing up for her beliefs

Re: “Judge rules against florist who refused gay couple” (TNT, 2-19).

While I understand law regarding equality, regardless if I feel it’s used correctly, this article is either written to portray increased negativity toward the florist or the facts behind it aren’t fully stated.

The fact that it is written as the couple had a smaller wedding with fewer guests in a home with a different florist than the larger event they had envisioned would lead one to believe that because one florist refused to provide them flowers that the wedding was somehow compromised.

Really? They had to invite fewer people? The new florist

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PRAYER: Can group practice what it preaches?

Re: “Turn event of controversy into event of love” (Your Voice, 5-6).

It has been so gratifying and encouraging to read the sermons espousing love, respect and tolerance as preached to Tacoma’s mayor and City Council by Maurie Laufer and several attendees of the recent Pierce County Prayer Breakfast.

They invited a champion who stood up for his beliefs in spite of personal cost. To prove to the community that this was not a “political thing,” I have a suggested speaker for next year’s breakfast. He also is a man of faith who was fired for acting on his

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ARIZONA: They were for it before they were against it

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer did the right thing with her veto of anti-gay discrimination legislation. But the fact remains that similar legislation is moving forward in other states, as well. We’re looking at you Kansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio. Take heed.

Some Arizona legislators who voted for the measure allowing public business owners to use their private religious beliefs to discriminate against gay customers had second thoughts. And not because of any new insight into the law of the land. Belatedly, the lawmakers realized major economic repercussions could ensue if the governor signed the measure into law – not the

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MARRIAGE: Stop making ‘choices’ argument

Re: “Don’t equate marriage, unions” (letter, 2-19).

The writer makes the same argument about lifestyle “choices” that others have made before. My question to people who denounce others in this way is, “Exactly when did you make the choice to be heterosexual?”

Does everyone fill out a pros and cons chart at puberty to choose if they will approach men or women as partners for the rest of their life? Nobody that I have asked has done this. I did not do this. I have always liked women and even had a girlfriend in kindergarten.

The gay people I have

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AMERICA: It’s OK for minority to bully majority?

Why is it that if you believe marriage is defined as between one man and one woman you are labeled a bigot? If you disagree with the president’s damaging policies they call you a racist? Or if you believe that abortion is morally wrong you are said to hate women? If you are a devout believer in God and attend a church, you are somehow less intelligent and misled.

What happened to an America where people were allowed freedom and liberty and didn’t have a statist agenda forced upon them? When did the minority bully the majority?

I say it

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MARRIAGE: Don’t equate marriage, same-sex unions

Re: “Limits on marriage equality falling across the country” (TNT, 2-18).

At a time when many decry calling upon the name of Jesus Christ because it may be offensive to some, I openly take offense to your headline implying that the falling limits on same-sex unions equates to marriage equality.

No matter how many times you say a cat is a dog, a cat will never become a dog. Same-sex unions can be made legal throughout the land, but they are still same-sex unions.

One of the greatest gifts our creator granted each of us is freedom of choice.

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RELIGION: Catholic school right to fire gay educator

Re: “Marriage led to firing, educator says” (TNT, 1-7).

The firing of the vice principal of the Catholic school in Sammamish was determined by the educator himself. He knew the well-known standard of the church in regards to homosexuality. That was and is determined by the Holy Bible, which states: ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womenkind: it is an abomination.”

The Catholic Church has every reason and legal right to fire those who are not obeying or living up to the standards that the church teaches. But it is more than that; it is their responsibility

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