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July 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Florist should follow law, compassion, not religious doctrine
Everyone is aware of the florist who refused to serve a same-sex couple because of her relationship with Jesus Christ. [“Florist seeks fourth recusal,” NW Friday, June 28.]
I fail to see the connection. Tina Turner has a song, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” and so I say, “What’s Jesus Christ Got to Do with It?”
I am a heterosexual male, so I have no dog in this fight. I simply try to maintain an open mind and be tolerant, compassionate and loving to people of all walks of life — just as Jesus of Nazareth did in his times as an example for all of us.
The law of the land here is the Constitution, not a religious text of one faith.
David Gooding, Normandy Park
July 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Florist’s right to choose should be protected
I am writing this letter in regards to the story about the gay couple who was turned away from their favorite florist due to religious beliefs. [“Florist seeks fourth recusal,” NW Friday, June 28.]
What is this country turning into? Yes, what this business has chosen as its morals is not the popular ideals of our ever-changing country, but it is their freedom of choice to do so.
Limitations on choice seems to be the answer for the people of today, people who think it’s their business to find what is wrong with society and pass laws to “fix” the problems. We pay Superior Court judges $148,832 each year in the state of Washington. That is how much we are paying each of these government employees to tell us if what this florist has chosen to do was legally right or wrong.
What would have been a better choice? Perhaps what the couple did do: tell their family and friends, maybe write a review of the business. From reading the story, you can see a huge show of support for the couple. I’m sure one of the many other florists in the area would welcome the couple’s business.
Choice is what defines a person; choosing right or wrong, good or bad, soda or water. What will we become as a country when we take choice out of the equation, if we reach a fork and continue down the path chosen for us by those long dead and gone?
Mickey Myers, Anacortes
May 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM
Leave behind those who are unsupportive and move on
I live in Victoria now but I lived for years in Seattle. I legally married my same-sex sweetheart of 34 years 10 years ago in Vancouver, B. C.
I have this thought about florists, churches, businesses, etc., that say they support the person but not the lifestyle: Thank you! Now I know where I will not be spending my gay dollars [“Awful bill re-legalizes anti-gay bias,” NWSunday, April 28].
The issue with flowers or wedding cakes or whatever should not become an angry wedge to self-respecting gay people. We should take our money and our respect and go where we are wanted. Our wedding was one of the sweetest moments of our lives together. I would never want to spoil this beautiful moment by trying to patronize anyone who thought their way of life, their love for each other, or their religious beliefs were superior to ours. Nor would I waste our precious time fighting religious or social bigots.
Leave that church and shake the dust from your boots. To the gay couple, I say, go on and enjoy your wedding with those who want to support you. To the florist, I say, have a good life, without me.
Stephen Robards, Victoria, B.C.
April 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM
Legislation goes against majority opinion
Senate Bill 5927 is a blatant attempt by Republicans to circumvent the will of a majority of Washington state voters and pander to their right-wing base in an attempt to garner more extremist voters for the upcoming midterm elections [“Awful bill re-legalizes anti-gay bias,” NWSunday, April 28].
Having said that, Republicans have a damning track record of ramming through deleterious legislation with little concern for those they hurt in the process.
The proposed bill is asinine and insulting in the extreme and if passed will inflict untold damage on the reputation of the Washington and its people. It would be state-sanctioned discrimination, plain and simple.
I suspect SB 5927 will die this time around due to other pressing concerns, but Republican audacity knows no bounds. It will likely be resurrected next year. Should that happen, I trust more sane and compassionate legislators will do everything in their power to kill this affront to common decency before it sees any more daylight.
The undeniable trend is toward equality. There’s no turning back now.
Ronald Van de Kruvf, Everett
Bible makes no mention of same-sex marriage
It is impossible to quote “Jesus’ teachings” on the issue of same-sex marriage, which is apparently what the florist in Richland believes she is doing [“Awful bill re-legalizes anti-gay bias,” NWSunday, April 28].
I am a Christian who takes his faith very seriously, but anyone familiar with the biblical text can tell you that Jesus never addresses homosexuality at all, and the Bible itself never addresses same-sex marriage. One can find promulgations about homosexuality in the Law of Moses and the writings of the Apostle Paul, but not Jesus. I wish someone would mention this to other Christians, especially my fellow believer in Richland.
Corbin Lambeth, Seattle
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