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November 19, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Same-sex marriage

We’re smart, too

I take exception to the statement in this editorial that “the smartest among us realize gay marriage is a generational issue” [“Gay marriage protests mark beginning of another civil dialogue,” editorial, Nov. 18]. Does that mean that people who are religious and believe that gay marriage is a biblical issue prohibited in the Bible, including 70 percent of African Americans in California, are not smart?

I believe gays have a right to work, to buy or rent a home and to serve in the military, but to marry when the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments is opposed to it, I cannot support.

For whoever wrote this editorial to imply that I’m not smart because I don’t support gay marriage is an insult and shows intolerance of my view as well as thousands of other religious people.

— Dwaine Braddy, Bothell

Don’t even try

Here are a few quotes from The Seattle Times editorial staff via the Nov. 18 opinion pages:

“Black citizens voted overwhelmingly for Proposition 8, largely for religious reasons” [“Gay marriage protests mark beginning of another civil dialogue,” Nov. 18].

“The smartest among us realize that gay marriage is a generational issue.”

“The irony is that on the same day American voters of all races and religions were electing a black president, black voters were voting in large numbers against gay rights.”

I have endured many spectacularly audacious comments from the editorial staff and other guest commentators on your opinion pages but any decent person would be affronted by the above statements.

Black citizens vote based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to their religious beliefs — just like white folks.

The real irony is that the demands of a well-to-do political constituency with a taste for free-speech suppression would in any way be compared with the trials and tribulations that black folks went thru for decades.

— Doug Kanyer, Yakima

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