December 6, 2000
Shooting from the hip
In response to the letter "Adam
& Eve, not Adam & Adam", you make references to a number
of simple principles that you are obviously confused about. I'll touch
on a few:
Religious Freedom. In the context of the American society, same-sex
unions are a legal and political matter, not a religious one. The American
system is a secular democracy, not a theocracy. To put American freedom
and religious dogma in the same paragraph is an overt example of hypocrisy.
Are you a hypocrite?! Personal choice is not the same as having equal
rights. Please stop collapsing these ideas.
Freedom: Before throwing this word around, you need to understand what
"freedom" means in the American social, political, and legal
structure. Otherwise, you'll sound ignorant.
Same-Sex Unions: Nobody is trying to infringe upon your "religious
freedom." Nor are same-sex unions about the choice to be gay. You
either are gay or you're not. That takes acceptance, not choice. Making
a choice to be open about our sexual orientation is a separate, social
and cultural matter.
But, same-sex unions are about gay people's freedom to enjoy the same
economic and legal rights and benefits that are constitutionally given
to every individual in this country. Unfortunately, non-homosexuals think
they are the only ones entitled to these liberties.
A gay person's domestic partner commits to share his/her entire life
with that person. That is a human trait, not an exclusively heterosexual
trait. Now, if that domestic partner gains the legal right to visit his/her
partner in the hospital, take care of his/her needs, and have the legal
power to make decisions for him/her, or inherit the property which they
have accumulated together, how is that taking away your freedom? Stop shooting
from the hip!
AIDS: After about 20 years, you still don't know the basics about AIDS.
Otherwise, you would know that it is not a homosexual disease. Let us know
if you'd like us to send you some literature on HIV and AIDS.