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posted Friday, October 23, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 43


GAY RIGHTS ARE NOT SPECIAL RIGHTS

I am writing to you about something that has been on my mind for a long time, this day especially after all the rhetoric and marches for Gay rights.

First, I am a Gay man, 76 years old and I am in a monogamous relationship for 39 years. I would like to bring to your attention that the slogan "Gay rights" is just fodder for the bigots on the right who point out that Gay rights means "special rights" for our lifestyle. I wish the Gay community would change the semantic from "Gay rights" to "civil rights for the Gay community." Words are very powerful and are used against us.

I hope you will take my recommendation and let other people in this community know why we should change our approach.

L R Daum



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