Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 18, 2014

Letters to the Editor: March 18, 2014

Kokomo Tribune

Gays, lesbians aren’t people to fear or hate

Micah Clark wrote that “homosexual activists” are forcing a new definition of marriage. One example given was churches forced to accept it.  It has been almost half a century since the bans on interracial marriages were overturned by the Supreme Court. In that time no church has been forced to marry an interracial couple. Catholics aren’t required to marry Methodists, either. A church’s marriage is distinct from the civil government, which serves us all.

Also, the term “homosexual activists” is grossly misleading because it implies that the only people who care about marriage equality or gay rights are gay themselves. Gays are maybe 5 percent of society, but now over 50 percent (and close to 60 percent) of Americans support marriage equality for gays and lesbians. These are the family, friends and loved ones of gays and lesbians.

The writer also states that marriage benefits children and society like no other. Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. But it turns from a benefit to a negative when the couple is gay? The marriage benefits the children of heterosexual couples, but not the children of gay couples? Do these children, not matter? Marriage is important for children, except for when they have two moms, or two dads?

Lastly his concern about “unelected judges” ruling a ban unconstitutional. The interracial ban decision I mentioned earlier was a decision by “unelected judges.” Does that make it a bad thing? The founding fathers put in place a plan for federal judges to be nominated and to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. This wasn’t something decided by “homosexual activists” or their supporters. It is a system put in place, in part, to ensure that despised and disliked minority groups' rights were respected and protected.

Gays and lesbians aren’t people to fear and hate. They are flesh and blood, no different then anyone else, other then who they love.

Colleen Kronquist,Kokomo


Take a minute to check your U.S. flag

My name is Michelle Martinez and I’m an Army veteran. This might just be a gripe or a complaint to other people, but I have noticed a lot of U.S. flags being flown in poor condition.

The flag should be flown with pride. No tears, rips, or faded. I know the weather that we have had this winter has played a major part, but, the flag should not be out in those conditions anyways.

I guess what I’m saying is that if you put a flag up outside, you had some pride in it at some point. I know we all get busy, but take a minute to look at your flag and replace it if it needs to be.

Michelle Martinez, Kokomo