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Because I couldn’t say it better, this was a letter to the editor in the Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California on January 4.

Beware majority rule

I don’t understand the reasoning people use when they talk about the will of the people in regard to the passage of Prop. 8.

What if I were to get a proposition on the ballot that says only whites are allowed to walk down the streets during daylight hours? And if the white population was still in the majority in the state when my proposition passed, would that be constitutional?

If a proposition were passed saying that only cars were allowed on the freeways, with motorcycles in the minority, would that be constitutional? Just because heterosexuals are in the majority, does that make it right to ban gay marriage?

I am a married heterosexual male, and I’m trying to understand how people can believe that the majority rules no matter what the constitution says.

RODNEY MORRIS, Corona
http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/letters/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_S_op_letters_04.3957250.html

Hurray for the reasoning Rodney used in this letter. And, hurray for Rodney to speak out and say what needs to be said, what many aren’t saying themselves, and saying it so much better than anyone I’ve heard so far. We’ll never convince those who are steeped in fundamentalist Christianity. Their leaders will have to change their minds for them and we’ll have to change the leaders’ minds.

…If only that were possible.

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After the long process and high tension of the election, I feel drained. And, kind of depressed. Probably the combination of emotions is caused from missing  the stimulation of daily news and crises and worrying about the post-voting consequences. There is a sense of rising anxiety over the forward direction in the case of the future president and in the passing of Proposition 8.

With the hopes, dreams and expectations of so many being voiced, I don’t see how Obama can meet them all. He hasn’t even gotten into office and is behind the curve of public expectations. Plus, there are people who are already taking serious issue against some of Obama’s beliefs — whether they truly know them or not. Will he have a chance to make changes with this type of pressure coming at him from different places?

In time, I believe gay people will be given the same civil rights that everyone else enjoys. But, it’s difficult to visualize just how they will get to that point. It seems all their battle tactics carry some type of backlash consequences. Furthermore, the gay opposition doesn’t have a real leader. It appears they have no cogent overall plan to attain their rights. Maybe these shortcomings will soon be remedied.

In both cases, opposition was born from a spontaneous expression of social unrest. We, the troops, are formed up and ready to follow. It will take a strong leader, respected by all,  to guide us through the long war that is bound to ensue.

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Following is a letter to The Californian in today’s newspaper, Sept. 30.

I really couldn’t have said it better and strongly believe and support the right of all people to marry. One day, I believe we will look back and see bigotry and small-mindedness in opposing this right.

Prop. 8 would write bigotry into law

To those working tirelessly to pass Proposition 8: I am a 55-year-old Republican grandfather, married for over 25 years. We have two grown sons, one in college, and the other a married working man. We are an extremely close and happy traditional family. For the life of me, I cannot figure out what protection you are trying to put into place with the launch of this proposition. It is clearly an attempt to write bigotry into state law. Marriage is not under attack. Marriage is a ceremony where two people take an oath of love and commitment before family and friends. Prop. 8 seeks to change this simple ceremony to the exclusion of a segment of our population. To what end? For what purpose? What are you afraid of?

The world is full of people who have different points of view and different lifestyles. Perhaps it’s time to get out of the hate-mongering business. We all know Prop. 8’s agenda is one of hate and segregation. Is this really where you want to be spending your time and your money? Maybe you could spend it helping our veterans or eliminating poverty in your communities, or maybe you should just stay home and think about the example you are setting for your own children, for all of our children. Please put down the pitchforks and torches. Do something helpful, not hurtful.

Ron Parent
Temecula

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/09/30/opinion/letters/z26a176bdda4e22ed882574d3001d8031.txt

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