National Freedom to Marry Day

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Feb 292004
 
Authors: Brittany Burke

Signs proclaiming love and justice adorned the crowd gathering

in Old Town Square to celebrate National Freedom to Marry Day on

Saturday.

“Around the country, people are waking up to the fact that gay

and lesbian families have been living, working, playing, paying

taxes for decades,” said Michael Brewer, director of legal outreach

for The Center, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community

center.

Brewer was one of many people that spoke to the large crowd, the

majority supporting same-sex marriages.

“We are neighbors and coworkers,” Brewer said. “We buy food at

the same grocery stores and use the same parks.”

Those attending the celebration braved the dropping temperatures

and enthusiastically chanted ‘yes’ while listening to rhetoric

denouncing Representative Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo, and the Federal

Marriage Amendment she is currently proposing.

“In Colorado, gay and straight and transgender people are taking

to the streets, they’re contacting their state legislators telling

them not to support the resolution in favor of Musgrave’s

amendment,” Brewer said. “They’re getting out the message. Hands

off our constitution.”

Under the watchful eye of the Fort Collins Police Department the

other speakers questioned additional issues affecting marriage.

“What about the rise in domestic violence, the divorce rates,”

said Rev. Mark Salkin from Foothills Unitarian Church, one of the

celebrations sponsors. “Where are the amendments to take on those

issues?”

Salkin discussed the idea of family values and the “threats to

marriage” those against same-sex marriages have used in defense of

their views.

The crowd was sprinkled with straight and gay supporters and all

of them were demanding rights.

“We need to extend human rights to everyone,” said Bobbie Poole,

a member of the Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave.

Jeff Wade Sr., a Christian, held his sign next to Poole in hopes

of telling his views to the crowd.

“It’s important the truth be known,” Wade said. “Marriage is a

beautiful thing and we need to speak out. In order for evil to

persevere, good must do nothing.”

Some supporters for the freedom to marry threw insults at the

opposition.

Stuart Paul, an openly gay man, became frustrated when a sign

held near him read, “God is watching and he is pissed.”

“Nice penmanship,” Paul said to the woman holding the sign. “Did

you write that with blood?”

Paul, who has been in a relationship with his partner for over

20 years, wants the right to marry to extend past religious

issues.

“There are one million children raised by homosexuals and (the

government) is denying we exist,” Paul said.

Rosemary VanGorder, the woman holding the sign that angered

Paul, explained her desire to attend the rally.

“God loves everybody,” VanGorder said. “But this is truly a

sin.”

VanGorder, a Catholic, held her sign on the edge of the

emotional crowd but she tried to keep her emotion out of the

situation.

“This isn’t about gay bashing or hate,” VanGorder said. “We need

to live according to his rule. This isn’t about love, it’s about

lust.”

Dean Powers, a senior creative writing major, held a sign

reading “tipping point.” Powers believes this issue will force

people around town to take notice and take action.

“Anything that takes away civil liberties is undemocratic and

that’s not what this country is based on,” Powers said. “Things

like this are going to cause a national paranoia and that will lead

to hate crimes like Matthew Shepard.”

Ronda Coverston, an openly gay woman, enjoyed the speeches and

turnout.

“They don’t understand and that shouldn’t be the reason they are

against it,” Coverston said. “Domestic partners need benefits just

like other Americans. It needs to be done.”

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The Wellness Zone

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Feb 292004
 
Authors: Christiana Nelson

Amid dim lighting, plush couches and soft music sat freshman

Ragan Sasaki on Thursday

It was Sasaki’s first time in the Wellness Zone.

Located on the upper floor of the Lory Student Center next to

the University Bookstore, the Wellness Zone is a program created

with the collaboration of the University Counseling Center, Campus

Recreation and Hartshorn Health Service.

After coming to the Wellness Zone to receive information on

eating disorders, Sasaki said she will return in the future to

learn about additional health topics.

“I liked it,” said Sasaki, an open option major. “I think it is

informative and the people are friendly.”

Carly Callaway, a senior health and exercise science intern

working at the Wellness Zone, said since the Wellness Zone’s

inauguration on Feb. 9 students have had a positive response to the

program.

“Most people are pretty interested in the program, but some are

a little confused about what we do,” Callaway said.

However, Callaway said the premise of the Wellness Zone is

simple.

“It is a resource area for the three groups to help students

understand more about the programs in those areas,” Callaway said.

“A lot of students don’t realize what their fees go toward. I would

really like to get more people involved and to help them realize

the good things that they can take part in, but just don’t know

about.”

Tamar Cline, strength and fitness coordinator for Campus

Recreation, said that while the recreation center has many classes

that are currently full and is not necessarily advertising its

programs through the Wellness Zone, they hope the partnership will

promote fitness.

“We are able to provide some insight to students and inform them

on the value of physical activity and monitoring their health

status through fitness,” Cline said.

Charles Davidshofer, the counseling center’s director, agreed

that each group involved with the Wellness Zone has a different

objective.

“As part of the wellness cluster our part is to look at mental

health issues; things like stress management to help students learn

about it and how to manage it because we know that it is a big

issue with students,” Davidshofer said.

As a whole, the Wellness Zone promotes current health-related

themes by offering various programming for students, said Gwen

Sieving, a health educator at Hartshorn.

“We have a lot of programs. In March we will have a mini fitness

assessment, ‘sexpert’ advice and registered dieticians in for ‘ask

a dietician’ questions; a physical therapy back clinic and we’ll

have a dentist in to talk about the risks of body piercing,”

Sieving said.

Davidshofer added that the technology in the Wellness Zone can

also help students understand potential health risks.

“There are four different computer screenings for eating

disorders, alcohol and drug use, anxiety and depression,”

Davidshofer said. “With these online programs students can do a

quick screen to see if they might be at risk and then they are able

to seek the necessary assistance.”

In addition to programming, information and referrals for the

three partner groups, the Wellness Zone hosts resume critiques by

the Career Center every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“As the Career Center we are definitely interested in furthering

student’s resources,” said Dawn Spencer, a senior human development

and family studies major and career peer adviser at the Career

Center. “Students can come into the Wellness Zone and not feel

intimidated. It is a good environment.”

Sieving agreed and said students are welcome in the Wellness

Zone even if they are only looking to unwind.

“It’s a relaxing atmosphere for students to just take a break,”

Sieving said. “Instead of going outside for a smoke break they can

come in here and keep occupied for a while.”

As a student, Sasaki agreed that the Wellness Zone is a positive

atmosphere and that coordinating the efforts of the three campus

services has produced a helpful program.

“It hits everything,” Sasaki said. “You have the medical part,

the rec center with being healthy and exercising and the counseling

center helps with wellness, too, because you can go there if you

need to talk to someone or you’re just feeling down.”

Wellness Zone Information

Open Monday – Friday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Located in LSC (Upstairs next to the University Bookstore)

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Class Offered in Caribbean

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Feb 292004
 
Authors: Spencer Goodfriend

Students still unsure about their summer plans may be interested

in a new course offered by the interior design department.

“Students will be going to a sustainable design resort called

Maho Bay on the island of St. John in the American Virgin Islands,”

said Robert Work, a lecturer in the design and merchandising

department. “However, it’s not just for interior design majors, and

there are no pre-requisites.”

Students interested not only in design but also any form of art

are encouraged to participate in the program that allows them the

opportunity to hone their skills in a tropical environment.

“There are plenty of things to do. We will be working with all

types of medias; we are going to sketch from life and hike around,”

Work said. “Students will have the afternoons off before attending

an evening class that is about redesigning an eco-tent.”

The class originated two years ago, although this will be the

first trip with actual participants. The low participation levels

in the past has been attributed to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and

the American-led wars in the Middle East.

“Now that the paranoia associated with traveling abroad has

calmed down a little, I think this would be a great summer class

and vacation rolled into one,” said senior economics major Ryan

Blewitt, who is signed up for this year’s class. “I’m very emphatic

about drawing and would love a tropical paradise to inspire

me.”

The course runs from May 31 through June 8 and will cost

students $1,519, which will include tuition, lodging and meals but

does not include travel expenses.

“I’m amazed at how competitive the price is for this class,”

Blewitt said. “Anyone with the expendable income should really take

this into consideration, especially those from out of state.”

Students interested in getting more information can pick up a

registration form at 150 Ayelsworth Hall in the design and

merchandising office. The deadline is April 1.

For further inquiries Robert Work can be contacted through his

email at Robert.work@cahs.colostate.edu.

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Black History Month ends with Africa night

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Feb 292004
 
Authors: Adrienne Hoenig

Speakers encouraged students, faculty and children to remember

African and African American history at all times during the

closing event of Black History Month Saturday night at the

University Village Center.

“We enhanced our knowledge of our ancestral connections,” said

Jennifer Molock, director of Black Student Services. “We touched

the lives of at least 1,500 individuals at CSU and across the Front

Range.”

Black History Month ended with Africa Night, a celebration of

African culture and heritage.

“We want to bring knowledge and understanding of what Africa has

to offer the world,” said Lubna Farah, junior psychology student

and president of the African Student Association. “We’re bringing a

whole different Africa tonight.”

The night included a fashion show, authentic African dinner, a

presentation by Robert Oyugi, drumming, dancing and more.

Oyugi, editor and publisher of Ujama magazine, shared some

little-known details of African history and encouraged those

present to take pride in African history and heritage.

“I find it very crucial that, as Africans, at home and abroad,

we need to take charge of our destiny and start rewriting our

history,” Oyugi said. “Let’s stand back with our great heritage

that we have and prove to the world that we are a proud and

civilized people.”

Hanna Selassie, owner of the Cassiopeia Clothing company,

presented a colorful fashion show with clothes from Ethiopia, Mali,

Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Molock reminded the audience to keep celebrating African

American history throughout the year.

“Many laid down their lives so we can have the opportunities we

now have,” she said. “Not one person can make this celebration

happen, just like not one person can make a difference in the

community. Black History Month is every month.”

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Up ’til Dawn raises money for cancer research

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Feb 292004
 
Authors: Christiana Nelson

Katie Schueth has been there, overcome that and yet, it remains

a large part of her life.

Schueth was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 6

and her mother had just hours to get her to St. Jude Children’s

Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for treatment.

Even now, in her mid-20s Schueth remembers that during her time

at St. Jude the doctors were very kind and understanding, and her

mother was constantly by her side.

“She was always there,” said Schueth, who is now a marketing

executive for St. Jude. “When I was put on steroids to keep me from

getting sick during the chemotherapy, I would wake up and want a

potato and she would go in the middle of the night to get me food

from the restaurant.”

St. Jude has treated more than 19,000 children who struggle with

cancer at no cost to their families, in large part due to

fundraisers like the fourth annual CSU Up ’til Dawn, said Dr.

Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, a pediatric oncologist at St. Jude.

“Our work can only be done with people like those that will

attend Up ’til Dawn; this is what makes St Jude a special place,”

Rodriguez-Galindo said. “Our patients have all the treatments

covered.”

He said transportation, lodging and meals are also covered.

Up ’til Dawn groups of six or fewer CSU students formed in

October and raised money and awareness for St. Jude primarily

through letter-writing campaigns.

Then, from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, the teams came

together for a 12-hour event at the Campus Recreation center to

symbolize the time a parent stays by his/her ill child’s bedside

during treatments at St. Jude.

This year Up ’til Dawn at CSU raised more than $56,000 for St.

Jude and included about 300 CSU students on 50 teams. The top team,

Delta Force, contributed more than $3,500 and won a trip to Las

Vegas.

Stories like Schueth’s are the reason that Deonte Waldroup, a

senior sociology major, participated in the Up ’til Dawn

fundraiser.

“My mindset is changing as I’m getting older and I’m about to

graduate and get into the community,” said Waldroup, a member of

the National Pan-Hellenic Council team. “This is nothing compared

to what the parents have to go through and to what the actual

children have to go through. One night, 12 hours is nothing, but

it’s symbolic and that’s why I love it.”

Rob Schneider, a junior finance major and team director for Up

’til Dawn, agreed.

“The power that we have to give back is an awesome lesson to

learn about what we can do with life,” Schneider said. “It’s a fun

experience that isn’t a huge time commitment. It’s so much goodness

for such an amazing cause.”

Sarah Hussey, public relations director for Up ’til Dawn and a

member of the Delta Force team, said that although the 12-hour,

all-night finale is symbolic of the time parents are awake by their

children’s bedsides during treatments, the difference is that CSU’s

event is a celebration of the hard work teams have done.

“It’s a huge thank you and a big party for everyone who put the

time and care into fundraising money for St. Jude,” said Hussey, a

senior technical journalism major. “It is symbolic of a parent

staying up all night with their child who has a catastrophic

illness, and even though it might be a little more fun here, it

still gives insight.”

Activities at Up ’til Dawn included card-making for St. Jude

patients, karaoke, a magician and student entertainment groups

Phantasia and The Resonant Ramblings, as well as food and prizes

donated by the community.

Erin Kientz, a senior psychology major and member of the Chi O

Cancer Killers, said the event was enjoyable, in addition to being

sentimental.

“I think the (executive board) did a really good job planning

the event,” Kientz said. “It’s really hard to keep people

interested for a 12 hour event, but I think that knowing what the

night symbolizes also helps fulfill the 12 hours.”

While Blaine Tarr, a sophomore restaurant and resort management

major and member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda team, had fun at the

celebration finale, he said it was not his favorite part of the

fundraiser.

“Actually raising the money was the best part because is it

going to a good cause,” Tarr said.

Ryan Dompier, a senior animal science major and vice executive

director of Up ’til Dawn, has been involved with Up ’til Dawn since

it began at CSU four years ago. He said that while he has seen the

program grow, he also has hopes for Up ’til Dawn’s future.

“It started out as all-Greek and now it is all-campus,” Dompier

said. “The greatest thing would be for everyone to know about it

and be involved at least one year out of the four years; to work on

something they really care about.”

Schueth agreed, but is also happy with how much CSU has already

done.

Her experience at St. Jude as a child left an everlasting

impression on her, and while she hopes that one day there will be

no need for a place like St. Jude, in the meantime she is grateful

for programs like Up ’til Dawn.

“I just want to thank the students at CSU,” Schueth said. “They

are an amazing group of passionate kids and seeing the support of

CSU and the Fort Collins community has been great.”

 

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UP ’til Dawn has raised…

  • 2000-2001 raised $21,000
  • 2001-2002 raised 35,00
  • 2002-2003 raised 79,000
  • 2003-2004 raised 56,000
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Correction

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Feb 292004
 
Authors:

In Thursday’s Collegian, the story “ASCSU adds to election

bylaws” incorrectly stated Jason Huitt’s title. Huitt is the

speaker pro tempore for the College of Business.

Also in Thursday’s Collegian, the story “Project Promise leads

professionals into teaching” said Project Promise is a 10-week

program. It is actually a 10-month program.

The Collegian regrets these errors.

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Seniors shoot for fairy-tale ending

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Feb 262004
 
Authors: Katrice Thomas

Once upon a time Joy Jenkins and Jasai Ferrucho were just blips

on the radar screen of CSU Ram basketball. Tonight the Rams will

recognize the seniors’ hard work, dedication and leadership on the

court in their last regular season home game. But aside from the

tears of joy, the Rams plan to complete their only objective of the

night: to win.

“We have to come ready to play, and play 40 minutes of

basketball,” Jenkins said. “It’s going to be an emotional night;

we’re going to have to keep emotions out of it.”

The opponent trying to destroy what could be a fairy tale senior

moment is the Wyoming Cowgirls (9-15 overall, 5-6 Mountain West

Conference) and their superstar Ashley Elliot. Elliot has been a

huge factor for Wyoming. She leads her team with 17 points per game

and is the only Cowgirl averaging double digits.

“She’s a great player,” Jenkins said of Elliot. “We’re just

going to have to ‘D’ her up.”

Ferrucho agreed, adding, “She takes a lot of shots; some will go

in, some will miss, but we have to deny her the ball and make her

work for every shot.”

Last time the teams met in Laramie, Wyo., Elliot put up 18

points and the Cowgirls went on to win 58-53. That defeat is still

fresh in Jenkins’ mind.

“The fact that we lost up there means it’s time for revenge,”

she said.

The Rams enter their final home game with emotion, senior pride

and power, and the hot hand of point guard Vanessa Espinoza, who

Monday was named co-MWC athlete of the week.

The Cowgirls are coming off a dominating win over the Aztecs,

while the Rams are one of the hottest teams in the conference –

having won three straight and four at home.

With their final home game looming, both Ferrucho and Jenkins

have goals in mind.

“I would like to take three charges,” said Ferrucho, who since

taking two charges in a game has been searching for three.

Jokingly Jenkins added, “I would like to dunk the ball.”

On a more serious note she concluded, “I would just like to

win.”

This marks the 65th meeting between the teams and is the longest

series against any opponent for the Rams. In the all-time series

CSU has won the last seven in Moby Arena and holds the 38-26

advantage. For senior night the first 300 fans through the doors

will get free food courtesy of Ram athletics.

For Jenkins and Ferrucho, this will be the last chapter of the

Border War. Tonight at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena, the final shot will be

made, the last buzzer will sound and the book will close. Asked

what she would like to add to the final pages, Jenkins said, “Once

again the Rams prevail against Wyoming.”

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Border battle in the MWC basement

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Feb 262004
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

The last time the CSU men’s basketball team saw the Wyoming

Cowboys, the student section at Moby Arena rushed the court after

the Rams won in a dramatic overtime 75-74 victory, their third

straight Mountain West Conference win.

How far the Rams have fallen.

CSU (11-14 overall, 3-9 MWC) has lost five straight games and is

tied for last place in the Mountain West with Wyoming (10-15, 3-9)

heading into the 200th matchup of the border rivals, 1 p.m.

Saturday in Laramie, Wyo. The game will be televised by ESPN

Plus.

CSU head coach Dale Layer said the team is on the brink of

playing well enough to end the losing streak, but with only two

games remaining in the regular season, any turnaround would have to

take place quickly.

“Most nights out we’re playing pretty hard and pretty well,

we’re just not quite doing enough of the little things to win

basketball games,” Layer said. “We need to do the little

things.”

The little things the Rams have had problems with all season are

turnovers, offensive rebounds and free throw shooting. CSU has shot

less than 70 percent from the line this season, and is also dead

last in turnovers and assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference,

which contributes to the 73 points a game the team gives up.

However, the Cowboys are not any better, residing at or near the

bottom of many statistical categories in the Mountain West.

In the first matchup against Wyoming, the Rams erased a

second-half deficit and freshman point guard Dwight Boatner’s steal

and lay up with 4.3 seconds left in overtime won the game for

CSU.

Boatner finished that game with 11 points and has scored in

double figures in six of the last eight games.

“He’s showing maturity beyond his years,” Layer said of Boatner.

“He’s making big shots and he’s making good decisions.”

Wyoming point guard Jay Straight burned the Rams late in the

first game, scoring most of his 26 points in the second half and

overtime.

CSU won the first game against Wyoming despite playing without

7-foot center Matt Nelson. Freshman center Stuart Creason, who has

been redshirted, said Nelson’s presence should help the Rams get

their first conference road victory of the season.

“We’ve got to attack the glass pretty hard,” Creason said. “I

don’t think (Wyoming) will be very disciplined blocking us out so

we can get a lot of rebounds we wouldn’t get otherwise.”

Practice ended early Wednesday because of the lingering injury

problems of Nelson and shooting guard Micheal Morris, but Layer

said both should play Saturday.

Colleigan sports reporter Justin Goldman contributed to this

report.

PROBABLE STARTERS

CSU (11-14, 3-9)

G #5 Dwight Boatner 5-11 5.7 ppg

G #32 Micheal Morris 6-3 7.8 ppg

F #13 Freddy Robinson 6-5 9.0 ppg

F #42 Matt Williams 6-6 10.5 ppg

C #54 Matt Nelson 7-0 15.3 ppg

Wyoming (10-15, 3-9)

G #3 Jay Straight 5-11, 16.3 ppg

G #24 Mikel Watson 6-2, 4.8 ppg

G # 4 Dion Sherrell 6-4, 5.2 ppg

F #25 Joe Ries 6-8, 8.0 ppg

C #13 Alex Dunn 7-0, 8.3 ppg

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To the Editor:

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Feb 262004
 
Authors:

In response to Tim Bessler’s Feb. 23 letter to the editor: we

seem to have misconstrued the concepts of both church and state, as

well as where and to whom they should rightly apply. A state should

not impose upon its citizens the religious agenda of its majority

or governing officers. This concept is the reasoning behind the

separation of church and state. But even fundamental documents such

as the constitution and the Bible, originally written to enhance a

human standard of life, can be outside the realm of literal

application due to the socio-cultural context of the historical

time frame in which they were written.

As a nation we have recognized this and amended our principle

document to reflect changing views on civil and gender rights,

while still preserving its original intentions. Maybe, it’s time to

reexamine the Bible with the understanding that it was written by

imperfect men whose biases were imprinted upon it with each

translation it underwent, and apply its true message to the needs

of a society where we aspire to recognize the rights of all men and

women as equals, respectively.

These rights include the ability to wed a loved one and have it

recognized in the same capacity as anyone else in this society. The

first couple to wed in California was two women who had been

together for 51 years! In a country where over 50 percent of

marriages end in divorce, why don’t we let all people give marriage

a try? You do yourself a disservice making unfounded, unsupported

and derogatory opinions about important groups in this society. I

support everyone seeking the right to marry in full capacity

judiciary justice.

 

Melissa LeBlanc

Senior, political science and marketing

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To the Editor:

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Feb 262004
 
Authors:

In regard to Tim Bessler’s letter to the editor on the Feb. 23:

Mr. Bessler seems to miss the point of the issue entirely. The

First Amendment of the United States of America’s Constitution

specifically states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an

establishment of religion …” To hold the beliefs of a few

religions, as there are many religions in the world that are open

and accepting of homosexuality, over the rights of a substantial

group of citizens, is exactly what that part of this amendment was

written to prevent.

The issue in question is that currently a large group of the

population is being denied rights that are available to the rest of

the population for purely religious reasons. While Mr. Bessler is

right that in many religions marriage is a sacrament, what he fails

to understand is that any religion that wishes to refuse to perform

same-sex marriages will be allowed to continue to do so. That’s

also the reason for separation of church and state; the state

cannot force churches to allow practices that are against their

beliefs. However, we as homosexuals are being denied both the

ability to receive a civil marriage license and a marriage by a

justice of the peace, both of which are provided by the government

alone without religious involvement.

Mr. Bessler’s religion, and any other, may continue to exclude

gays and lesbians from being married; that is their right. It is

the state-sponsored discrimination that has to end.

Ian Mathis

Political science and chemistry

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