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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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As I first wrote, the reason for a blog was to spew my frustration to the etherness about the election and dysfunctional candidates. Just letting it all out helped.  Although there is still a low level of frustration — caused by our current administration —  it’s more easily ignored, because (thank you God) The End Is Near!

Now, there is nothing to let out. But, I’m kind of invested in the blog. It is like keeping a journal I’ve discovered. However, without the highs and lows of the election, the necessity to spew just doesn’t seem to be there.

Currently, the one topic that I am most passionate about — civil rights for gays — isn’t one that I feel like vocalizing much. I’m pretty vocalized out, if you will. All the talk in the world isn’t going to change the minds of those who are convinced that gays are sinners.

It’s funny in a way.You would think these people would be more concerned about promiscuous gay lifestyles. Instead, the gays that are in stable relationships and more than likely holding  good jobs, and contributing their share of money and energy to their communities, are regarded as sinners because they want to marry.

Okay. I guess I’m not out of words on this subject. And, once I think about it, I do need to spew!

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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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