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posted Friday, October 9, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 41
Reflections on the county clerk in Kentucky
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Reflections on the county clerk in Kentucky

To the Editor:

In the few hours since I read the article about this county clerk in Kentucky who was defying the federal law allowing gay marriage I have been thinking of a way to try and understand her reasoning. To be honest, I don't have any idea as to what her reasoning was or is on this topic. I can accept the rights of the religious sector of this country to the freedom of religion, but when those rights delve into denying the rights of others I draw the line. This is the 21st century and not the 12th century, there are regulations of this country that must be obeyed or this country and this world will fall into chaos. These laws and regulations exist for a reason. That reason is that while there are many different points of view throughout this country we all agree to abide by the laws of the land and there is no point of view that supersedes the laws of the land. Everyone who is a citizen of this country enjoys the freedoms and the responsibilities of this country and these responsibilities are not disregarded simply because you do not agree with a specific law or policy. If you don't like or agree with a specific law or policy work within the guidelines of public comment and the way to change the law of the land is through the crucible of public opinion and the ballot box, not by standing up for an ideal that is so far out of date that it no longer has any bearing on modern society. What this clerk did was against federal law and she was rightly arrested for it.

To me, the dogma of the far right of organized religion is simple bigotry. The leaders of the far right of organized religion need a scapegoat or a pariah to show to their followers that their way is the only true way to religious enlightenment and advancement into heaven. I am a believer in a higher power, but the higher power that I believe in doesn't dictate who should or should not live a good and moral life. Those decisions are up to the individual, not the church or religion. Allow each member of this great country to live the life that they choose in their own way and accept the individual on his or her own merits and not by some vastly outdated concept that has lost its meaning in this new century.

Organized religion is struggling to maintain a loyal following when statistics show that organized religion is losing 2 to 4 percent of its following each year simply because of the unwillingness to accept change and the advancement of society as a whole. Mankind is on the verge of leaping into the universe and setting new habitats on other planets. But this glorious dream will not happen if mankind falls to arguing with each other over which way is the right way and are willing to go to war to prove their point is right and the hell with everyone else. These beliefs will lead to the destruction of this planet and all life on it. It is time to let loose the tired old beliefs of old and look forward to the beauty and majesty of the universe.

Thank you for your time.

Eric



Understanding our elders

EDITOR:


The older I become the more disgusted I get towards Gay Men in general, especially the Younger Gay Men, even those in their 30s-40s who brainlessly prance around "Here we are and here we stay" with their EFFORTLESS freedoms. Especially due [to the fact] that we older guys have fought and continuously fight for equal human rights and respect; but you don't even have respect for your elder gay men who have pre led the movements for your rights!

Using myself as an example. I am not an old troll at sixty-one years old with greying hair. I just want to be a part of MY COMMUNITY! In the eighties I was an International Model, yet younger gays wrinkle up their noses as if I am an old warty troll trying to hit on them. NOT! Just being my friendly self and acknowledging they are "Family."

I and my partner experience all of the time other gay men and couples who think "They must be invisible as gay men to the public" - [for] example, a couple together in a restaurant. Uh&HELLO OBVIOUS!!!

It is very weird to pass or have contact with other gay men that don't even offer a friendly acknowledgment nod back, alone just to another human? We know that gay men are insecure and assume their partner might be flirting just to nod or say hello to other gay men.

We mature guys enjoy conversations and activities with some of you younger guys, for we used to be those ages as well. And YOU TOO will be here someday and reminisce those bygone youthful years!

Leon White
Seattle

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