Letter to the Editor

A turning tide

AtascaderoJune 21, 2013 

Not about hate?

As I read Terry Barnett’s Viewpoint, I was pleased that a Southern Baptist minister was applauding the two gay men in the recent Cal Poly “makeout session” that made it to YouTube.

Then I read the all-too-familiar line: “Personally, I do not condone the LGBTQ lifestyle.” As I am a member of that “lifestyle,” he is saying he does not condone me. How is that not hateful?

The Christian “viewpoint” too often condones and supports laws that allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Even though my husband and I were legally married in SLO in 2008, our marriage is not recognized by the federal government because of the Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996 with strong support from many Christians. Because of that act, I have to pay taxes on the value of the insurance I get through my husband, while a straight couple does not. That is only one example of the discrimination we still face.

After 30 years of fighting for LGBTQ equality, I feel the tide has turned and history is on our side. I’m optimistic that the Supreme Court will strike down DOMA and Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.

The Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service