Gays right to marry

| Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 9:09 p.m.

I am writing in response to the letter “Gay Marriage” (VND, Jan. 5). I think the writer is a little misguided about homosexuals and doesn't know some history.

There was a time when homosexuals were, indeed, arrested for their sexual orientation. In New York, police raiding gay bars seemed to be routine in the 1960s. Finally, gay residents and activists started protesting, and this started the Stonewall riots of New York in 1969 in Greenwich Village.

Homosexuality may be a sin against God in your eyes, but I can tell you that He made me this way. I come from a heterosexual family with two loving parents who taught me right from wrong and not to discriminate or judge a book by its cover. The Bible is how you interpret it. My God is a loving God and doesn't hate.

Why would I not have a right to marry if I want to? True, I cannot have children the traditional way that a man and woman do, but what about other couples who cannot have children and have to find other ways to procreate?

It is 2013. Americans have been through slavery and being discriminated against for the color of their skin. Americans have been through being looked at differently for marrying out of their race and having biracial children. Americans have been through being discriminated against for being homosexual. Americans will get through having gay marriage. We will one day have the same rights as everyone else — as we should. We are no different. We breathe and are human just like every other American.

Shannon Britton

New Kensington

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