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Jared Totten, Omaha

Omaha World-Herald – PUBLIC PULSE – Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Have right to disagree

In response to Jamie Stark’s June 2 letter, a vote in support of legislation to legalize homosexual marriage reflects approval of the lifestyle.

When a pastor marries a couple, it is understood as an endorsement of that relationship. That is why marrying a homosexual couple is not the same as marrying an alcoholic couple. A marriage is not an endorsement of the alcoholism.

To call some a bigot who objects to homosexual marriage on moral conviction, as Kelly Dowhower did in a June 2 letter, is just name-calling. A bigot is someone who holds an intolerant position in an irrational way, considering others and their views substandard.

To morally object to something is not to consider that person substandard. We are all sinners. We’re all on an even playing field.

Since those of use who object to such unions are not pushing to make homosexuality illegal, it seems that the morality of others is being forced on us, not vice versa.

The issue should be put to a vote, and opponents should not be subjected to bullying tactics like name-calling.

Jared Totten, Omaha

One Response to “Jared Totten, Omaha”

  1. That sounds just about right.

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