Gay marriage opponents aren’t hateful

To the editor

Recent editorials have depicted those not in favor of gay marriage as hateful, mean, and sickening.  I don’t believe this is at all accurate.  They don’t care who other people love, live with, or what lifestyle they choose.  What they are trying to do is protect themselves and their families from having to give up their religious and moral rights. Look at the states where gay marriage has become law.  Court cases have been filed against photographers for declining to take pictures at gay weddings, and churches are in trouble for not allowing gay marriages. Once the law is passed, it’s just a matter of time before equal time will be insisted upon in our schools.  Instead of our first graders reading Dick and Jane books they will be reading Dick and Jack books. The schools will be forced to interject the gay lifestyle into all classes. Those who have moral or religious objections, by law, will not be able to keep their children away from this influence.

There is nothing mean or hateful about the opponents; they just don’t want another law that prohibits them from exercising their moral or religious rights.

M. Murphy

North Branch

  • Anonymous

    Of course they should be sued. What if I didn’t agree with interracial marriage and refused to photograph their wedding solely for that reason. Wouldn’t that be wrong?

  • Norman

    the author is silly and bigoted-marriage has ALWAYS been civil in the US-it has NEVER been religious unless you choose it to be. No church-not one-has ever “gotten into trouble” for refusing to marry gays. So, if you are against a civil legal recognition of millions of gays, you are bigoted and cruel-you look at gay unions as less than straight ones-that is hateful-and it wont be tolerated-sorry rednecks-your time is up!

  • Linda

    I dare the author to prove what she foretells. Show me one link to anyone who has suffered a monetary penalty through a court order for refusing to provide services.

  • thomas

    They are the most hateful people I’ve ever met. Hiding their bigotry behind religion doesn’t change anything. It just makes them cowards.

  • Red

    NO ONE is being made to give up their religious or moral rights. You just aren’t allowed to impose them onto other people. Nor are you legally allowed to discriminate against other people for whatever reason.

    I know of no instance where a church was being forced to perform a same-sex marriage. I can’t think of any reason why any gay couple would want to have their union in a house of worship where they were not welcome.

  • Jordan

    You kinda are being rude and a jerk by denying two loving couples who are doing nothing to you or your family the right to be happy and raise a loving and caring family. So yes, you are being at least a jerk about the whole situation.

  • Why?

    Why would anyone believe that “marriage” needed to be legally re-defined?
    Why not consider the new concept of “civil union” to define gay/lesbian committed relationships?
    What’s next? Pedophiles unite?

    • Frankie

      Really! Why should it be called something different for one group, than the other. To get married, you have to have a license from the state whether you choose to have a “religious” ceremony or a Judge or Justice of the Peace marry you.
      That is the state part.

      The religious ceremony is done on account of someone’s faith. That is the religious/church part. You don’t have to get married in a church in order for it to be legal.

      Church and state are supposed to be separate issues, believing in the bible is a part of faith, and it should have nothing to do with legislating anything.

      Everyone should be able to have the same “state” rights. And who are any of us to judge other people, and demand that everyone have the same beliefs as them. (And I find it hard to believe that any god would condemn, or not welcome kind, loving people and their families because of who they love.)

      And as to “Why?’s” comment about pedophiles, that is just plain ignorance!

  • Carol Ostertag

    How long before Mom & Dad will be erased and called something else ???