I am writing in response to Mark Hotaling’s letter to the editor
(Nov. 20). Mr. Hotaling chastised The Collegian’s support of the
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decisions to overturn a
state law banning same sex marriages (Our View, Nov.19).
We live at a time when extreme elements in our society are
attempting to sell the idea that everyone in this country should
have equal rights and that it is inappropriate (at the least) to
discriminate against people based upon skin color, religious
beliefs, gender or sexual preference. Mr. Hotaling wrote a rather
impressive piece attacking The Collegian’s stance that everyone,
gay and straight, should have the right to marry.
In addition, he attacked the “…radical homosexual lobby…”
and those who support them. Some might have thought that Mr.
Hotaling’s piece was a bit incoherent, illogical, ignorant, and
hateful. Not me. Personally, I find it refreshing that Mr. Hotaling
does not blindly follow the rhetoric of those extremists who want
equal rights for everyone. Why should we, as a society, allow those
who are not mainstream to live their lives with all the rights and
advantages that most of us have? We all know that homosexuals are a
very real threat to the concept of family in this country
(something that the scholarly Mr. Hotaling discusses) and, if left
unchecked, are willing and capable of destroying everything that is
good (God?) and holy in this great nation of ours. Mr. Hotaling, I
take my hat off to you. Your ignorance and hatefulness can serve as
a model for racists, sexists, homophobes, and everyone else who
despises the idea of equal rights for everyone.
Graduate student, ecology