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May 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Petition against gay benefits

Supporters simply defending beliefs

How dare The Times tell its readers to avoid people who are collecting signatures for Referendum 71 [“An unnecessary campaign against gay partners,” Opinion, editorial, May 11]. What a stupid thing to say!

The signature-gatherers do not have any contagious disease. They are not aliens from space. In fact, they are up to their elbows in democracy. As the United States is a representative republic, it is our duty to protest when our beliefs are challenged. The supporters of Referendum 71 are defending their beliefs. What’s more, if the supporters of gay partnerships gain a victory at the ballot box, the opposition will have to be quiet.

Bring on the debate and the vote; then and only then will it be supported by the people. I think The Seattle Times had better take a look at its words; when free speech goes, so goes the country. It may not be easy or pleasant, but this is free speech.

The paper certainly can support the gay movement in Washington state, but seems to me there are a lot more of us than there are of them.

— Frank King, Mill Creek

Economy shouldn’t influence democracy

So somehow bad economic times requires us to forget about balloting against a very divisive issue like gay partnership and marriage? I think not!

The Times says not to put the state through another rendition of the culture war. You are forgetting that this “culture war” was started by the gay community. We are just trying to hold our own.

Sure, young people (indoctrinated by public schools) favor gay marriage. But when have young people been wise?

Our culture is founded on moral values that the left keeps wanting to redefine. This will end. The pendulum will swing back toward the right. This is a fight worth every bit of effort. To my last breath I will fight against the idea that it is OK for two men or two women to push their behavior in our faces.

— Christopher Van Auken, Buckley

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