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Open our minds to gays

| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

Regarding Rudy Gagliardi's letter “Gay Marriage” (Jan. 5): My question is, why would anyone choose to be gay? Does he think being gay is a choice? I don't. It is genetics, like people having red hair or being left-handed.

I guess I'm one of those libertarians Mr. Gagliardi decried.

Gay people have adopted children and have been successful raising them. It might not be normal to some conservatives, but it's working out just fine.

And I'm sure there were gay people back when the Bible was written. Most of the references are from the Old Testament, and there are very few homophobic statements in the New Testament, which was written after Christ came to Earth and tasked us with being our brother's keeper.

Gays have been persecuted, ridiculed and in some countries — including our own — killed because of their sexuality. Is this what the Bible says to do? Of course not.

Mr. Gagliardi's statements that allowing gay marriage is like allowing a “young lady to get a license to marry her horse or an elderly gentleman to marry his dog” are ridiculous and so degrading to gays.

Where is the compassion and empathy for our gay population? They serve in our military and do the same jobs everyone does. Why do people have to make those kind of homophobic remarks?

It is time we all spread our wings and open our minds and hearts to welcome everyone — those similar to us and those who are different. It would make the world a better place.

Melissa Charlton

Arnold

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