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November 10, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Sam-sex marriage

Proposition 8: not an act of fear

Gregory Turner’s claim in Sunday’s Seattle Times that gay couples consistently exhibit a higher level of fidelity and responsibility in marriage than their heterosexual fellow citizens has absolutely no factual basis [“Fear and oppression also won on Election Night,” guest columnist, Nov. 9].

Marriage has always been a religious union between a man and a woman and voting to keep it that way is not a political act of fear. It is not the responsibility of state or federal agencies to legally recognize marriages of same-sex couples, nor should it be.

— Gene Davis, Lake Forest Park

Not a civil-rights issue

I am pleasantly surprised of the recent passing of Proposition 8, not because I want gay marriage banned, but rather, it defies the liberal claim that the country wants to move left of center.

The fact is a liberal state like California passed a proposition that would ban gay marriage — a measure that was ultimately decided by minorities who voted for Sen. Barack Obama. It is good to know that minorities who voted yes on Proposition 8 didn’t see gay marriage as a civil-rights issue, because it isn’t. Liberals claim that civil rights for gays is the same struggle as civil rights for all minorities.

Wrong.

It’s not the same struggle. Gays were never enslaved in this country. Gays always had the right to vote and assemble. Gays have always had opportunities to meet up with each other and form marital-like unions. Seeking the privilege to marry — something which they already have, provided that it’s to someone of the opposite sex — is not the same as being completely blocked from marrying, or from marital rights.

Gay marriage is a narrowly privatized solution for basic supports such as medical insurance and pension plans. Surprisingly, a majority of liberal Democrats oppose gay marriage. Part of the radical homosexual agenda is to silence its critics. As a strong proponent of free speech, I’m not going to restrain myself from commenting on legitimate issues facing our nation.

— James Lee, Lake Forest Park

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