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Gays can change ways

| Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Re. Melissa Charlton's letter, “Open our minds to gays” (Jan. 13.), which was critical of my letter, “Gay marriage (Jan. 5): I don't know why anyone would choose to be gay, a pedophile, a druggie or a prostitute. But if they were all born that way, the chance for change would be slim to none. But we do know that some people are able to change their lifestyle, homosexuals included. I have personal knowledge of two who did.

Ms. Charlton says she's a libertarian, but my guess is she's a liberal. While gay people do adopt children, I question if that environment is best to raise a child.

She correctly states there were homosexuals when the Bible was written — Sodom and Gomorrah offer proof of that. Jesus didn't abolish the Old Testament and replace it with the New Testament.

Ms. Charlton completely missed my point that gay marriage could lead to people wanting to marry animals. My point was marriage is more than just love. There are physical differences that must be addressed in order to consummate a marriage and this difference makes marriage impossible for same-sex couples.

Prior to President Clinton's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy, the military discharged homosexuals as soon as they were discovered. This was done to reduce the threat of venereal disease and had nothing to do with one's ability to do his job.

Homosexuals used to live their lives and keep to themselves. They didn't demand others accept their lifestyle as normal. That changed when public schools started teaching homosexuality as an alternate lifestyle and encouraged some students to experiment with it.

Rudy Gagliardi

Arnold

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