Thursday letters: Everyone should have same rights

January 30, 2014 

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VINCENT GIORDANO

While letter writer Pearce Godwin had some “nice” ideas and didn’t come across as a hatemonger, his final solution was not a solution at all (“Gay-marriage discussion could use some tolerance,” Jan. 1).

Using his recommendation that we be nice and then have a vote and live with the results made me think back that we’ve done this in the past: The voting idea was used to keep women from voting and blacks from having rights. This is another veiled attempt to keep a segment of our population from having the same rights as others.

Our Constitution prohibits the establishment of a state religion, and our Declaration of Independence says that men are created equal and have the right to pursue happiness.

Your religious views may have you against gay marriage, and you have the right to think that, but you do not have the right to make laws to enforce your views. The only reason to ban gay marriage is to prevent others from pursuing happiness and having equal rights.

And if you say it would ruin marriage — well, heterosexuals handled that years ago.

William J. Hall

Ridgeway

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