During the past weeks, several letters and articles have been written regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. Most have touted the benefits of gay marriage and urged the public toward tolerance, if not support of these relationships. Those who oppose this expansion of marriage are typically painted with the same broad brush. We are bigoted, hate-filled, homophobic, intolerant, and narrow-minded. How can any person of reason or compassion deny the gift of marriage to people who love each other, they ask?
Mykol Hamilton's comment in her Feb. 16 letter was typical, "The truest Christians I know, and loving people of other faiths, realize the importance of equal rights for everyone and of respect and acceptance of human diversity." The implication of her statement is clear - any person who opposes gay marriage is less than a true Christian or follower of their faith. Those who struggle to understand why people like me can't accept homosexuality (notice I did say homosexuality, not homosexuals themselves) or same-sex marriage fail to comprehend what is at stake for us.