In response to Daniel Lazzari’s Feb. 18 letter, as a gay
Christian I am very offended my religion has been used so often as
a basis for discrimination against GLBT people. Many Christian
denominations no longer follow the doctrine of homosexuality being
a sin. Many openly GLBT ministers are out there and some seminary
schools even have GLBT student organizations for their GLBT
ministers in training. One of our seminary schools in Denver has
such a group. So claiming the “Judeo-Christian religion is
blatantly anti-homosexual” is untrue.
Secondly I’d like to answer his question, “So why do they need
the recognition of ‘marriage’?” Our country decided years ago that
separate but equal never works. If you look at rights given under
marriages and civil unions, you’ll see there are more than 1,000
rights denied to civil union couples.
As a gay Christian, I want the right to marry not only so I can
enjoy those rights that would be denied to me under civil unions,
but also because marriage is an important part of my religion. I
don’t see why some people need to interfere with my religious
practices and civil rights because they believe civil unions are
just as good. The First Amendment clearly gives me the right to
practice my religious beliefs as I see fit. It’s not up to anyone
else to tell me I don’t have that right because it goes against his
or her religious values.
Junior, accounting and political science