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July 15, 2013

READERS' FORUM: July 15, 2013


Why can’t we just leave others alone?

Mr. Woods’ letter of Sunday, July 7, 2013, is filled with many two-dollar words and high-sounding, scientific and sociological theories but is filled with the worse hypocrisy that I have read in the Tribune-Star for a long time. The thinly veiled attempts to scare heterosexual couples into believing that because of a section of our society which has been finally granted equal rights and protections as citizens is going to cause heterosexual couples to stop sexual intercourse and thus stop producing or continuing the human race is so laughable that even after reading his letter three times I couldn’t believe an educated man could come to such a conclusion.  

Mr. Woods indicates that since an alternate lifestyle has been sanctioned as equal under the law, heterosexuals will abandon their lifestyle and become gay. The human race will die out due to limits on the number of children, abortion and being gay. Apparently he doesn’t take into account that our earth can only sustain a certain number of people (all races) before starvation begins. Many heterosexual couples are foregoing having children at all and those who do choose to limit that choice to one child.

I have been heterosexual all my life and have no intention of choosing a gay lifestyle. Apparently Mr. Woods has not heard of zero population growth or why it will be necessary in the coming years. You can only deplete the Earth’s resources for so long before what was a thriving, living planet becomes extinct. You are born with your sexual preference already ingrained into your makeup. You are either gay or straight, period. You do not make a conscious choice in this, you are what you are.

So rather than worry about how the equal rights to all sections of our population will cause all kinds of calamities in the marriage relationship, perhaps we should be worried about how to sustain things such as air, water, food, etc., for future generations. I have personally always wondered why some people feel threatened by what goes on in the privacy of another’s home or bedroom. Why are we so concerned with things that are none of our business anyway? Will Gay marriage effect your personal relationships? Will you marry less if you are heterosexual because someone who is gay has the same rights and privileges you have?

Perhaps the best answer to my questions is the simple one: mind your own business. If you have time to worry about the private lives of others, you need to volunteer at a soup kitchen or some hospital where true suffering can be observed. Perhaps then you will learn that love knows no boundaries such as race, creed or sexual orientation. Being of service to all mankind will leave you little time to ponder the lifestyle of others.

— Shirley A. Thomas


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