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May 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Obama in support of gay marriage

Can’t deny rights based on religion

In regard to “Obama’s bold, risky shift backing gay marriage” [page one, May 10], the extreme right who oppose gay marriage based on the Bible are under the delusion that a) America is a Christian nation (i.e. based on the Bible), and b) that all laws should be religiously based.

Similar arguments supported slavery and denial of equal rights, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, to all Americans. Such efforts to deny rights to gays is a disgraceful, disingenuous effort used by a self-righteous group needing to declare their superiority over others, and such laws are blatantly a) religious discrimination and b) denial of equal treatment under the law.

Religious sects can reject gay marriage, but the federal and state governments have no call to deny rights based on religion, which is clearly the case here.

— David Kerchner, Kirkland

Recognize tradition

In The Seattle Times of May 10, several articles told about President Obama’s evolution regarding gay marriage.

I found it interesting that the paper reported the fact that “as a U.S. Senate candidate in 2008, he said he believed marriage is between a man and a woman, citing his faith” and he said the same to Pastor Rick Warren in 2008. Further, he explained that defining marriage “has been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition,” he said.

I find it amazing that President Obama sees the matter of state law being upheld because it “has been our tradition,” but doesn’t seem to recognize the much longer tradition that marriage is between a man and a woman.

I totally agree with President Obama that some traditions should be upheld, and that certainly includes marriage being between a man and a woman.

— Edith A. Keenan, Lake Stevens

Not mandatory

Just three words for those opposed to making same-sex marriage legal: It’s not mandatory!

— Don Riggs, Bellevue

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