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Anti-gay attitudes keep discrimination going against same-sex marriage

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I am writing in response to the woman from Bagley who wrote about the proposed ban on gay marriage (July 10).

Look into our nation's history a little more. Our forefathers did not build our nation on Christian beliefs; they fled England because of religious persecution. They were deists. They believed in a god, but they did not let him have total control over their lives.

And as far as "In God We Trust" on our currency goes (and One Nation Under God in the Pledge), that came about because of the Cold War. Look at any bank note from before 1957. Look at the Pledge before 1954. Fear of Communism brought that change.

Now, as far as I'm concerned (and from what I see), a person's sexuality is something he or she is born with, NOT chosen. And yes, the gay community is discriminated against. It's people like you who keep the discrimination going. It's people like you who allow gay kids to be constantly bullied and driven to suicide on a daily basis.

I have friends who are Christian as well. And they are embarassed at some of the anti-gay attitudes of their fellow Christians. You sit there and say, "I don't have a problem with gay people," but your attitude and your actions speak much louder than your words.

And exactly how would gay marriage affect you? No one's asking you to marry another woman. Also, the gay lifestyle is not "destructive." I have a few friends who would agree with me on that account.

Abortion? I have something to say about that as well. No one is forcing you to get one, and under no circumstances should you or anyone else tell ANY woman what to do with her own body. In some cases, abortion can be a lifesaver.

It's the 21st century now; gay marriage and abortion should not be issues. But thanks to religion and some other factors, they still are.

Sarah J. Hogan

Bemidji

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