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November 18, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Proposition 8: same-sex marriage

Don’t blame the electorate

While it’s always nice to hear positive words regarding marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, your editorial is based on a myth that’s been disproved by fivethirtyeight.com, the single most accurate polling Web site [“Gay marriage protests mark beginning of another civil dialogue,” Nov. 18].

The polling describes this idea as “silly,” summarizing that while “it’s true that if new voters had voted against California’s Proposition 8 at the same rates that they voted for President-elect Barack Obama, the measure probably would have failed. But that does not mean that the new voters were harmful on balance — they were helpful on balance.”

If California’s electorate had been the same as it was in 2004, Prop 8 would have passed by a wider margin.” Rather than “educate” our friends in the African-American and Latino communities, as you suggest, we put the blame squarely where it belongs: with the $20 million propaganda campaign funded by the Mormon church, which pumped horrible TV ads based on lies into Californians’ homes.

— Jennifer Hauseman, Seattle

Commendable, but incomplete

Gen. Colin Powell reminds us that division is un-American when it comes to those with different religious backgrounds [“The Muslim who moved Powell,” Leonard Pitts Jr., syndicated columnist, Oct. 23].

I agree that it was commendable when he asked the perfect question: “Is there something wrong with being Muslim in America?” This puts the spotlight on those who think that there is, and forces them to justify their bigotry.

The sad thing is, as Powell should know all too well, there are other kinds of bigotry going on in this country that receives its “guidance” from not only the three major religions but is also sanctioned by our own government — discrimination against gays.

How “powerful” it could have been if Powell spoke out against “all” bigotry — especially while he was still in the military — an institution that broke the color line on discrimination.

I believe that most Americans would state unequivocally that discrimination is wrong, and yet by our support of institutions (including churches) that help perpetuate it, we allow it to continue.

That’s not un-American; that’s inhumane.

— Marty Zupan, Seattle

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