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Religious freedom is threatened

Posted: November 1, 2008 3:16 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.
I am responding to Matthew Allen’s letter, “Let gays marry their loved ones” (Oct. 16).

I understand your desire for all people who love one another to be able to be together, but you need to consider all of the ramifications of gay marriage.

In New Jersey, a Methodist church was stripped of its religious tax-exempt status for refusing to marry a gay couple. The Methodist church does not believe in same-sex marriage but was forced to do the marriage or lose the status.

Methodists consider marriage a religious sacrament between a man and a woman. So the Methodist church has fewer rights (freedom of religion as in the First Amendment of the Constitution) than gays?|

My religious freedom is at stake if this is considered discrimination and can be brought to court. Why didn’t the couple just find another church willing to marry them?

Because there are those who feel they must push their agenda even to the detriment of others. So the couples who have no “agenda” other than being together get the bad rap because of the belligerent gays who must punish those who disagree with them.

What about the discrimination against the church? What about religious freedom to believe as I choose? What about freedom of speech and to disagree? The Methodist church in this case was not afforded those freedoms.

And these lawsuits have extended to doctors for refusing to artificially inseminate a lesbian even though there were other doctors willing to do the procedure, a photographer who didn’t want to photograph a gay ceremony, and so on. I also really don’t want gay marriage being taught in schools.

Already under California law, “domestic partnerships shall have the same rights, protections and benefits” as married spouses. If gay couples already have these rights, why does it have to be called marriage?
This is not a nationality, race, religion or creed issue. This is a sexual orientation issue.

So are we next to be told we cannot stop marriage between mother/son, father/daughter, sister/brother, first cousins, because it is discrimination? Then what? So, Matthew, I am voting yes on Proposition 8.


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