Letters to the Editor

It's simple: Denial of rights is discrimination

Regarding House Bill 1523, people need to realize some basic facts:

People do not choose to be gay. It is not a lifestyle choice. I was born this way.

How can laws discriminate against me if my orientation was not my choosing?

Think about it.

When were you asked to choose your sexual orientation?

It never happened! You cannot convert or change someone's sexual orientation. We live in a country of laws, and the Supreme Court says we can marry.

We do not live in a theocracy governed by the tenets of any religion.

The Constitution is the law of the land.

When a gay couple decides to marry, it is one of the happiest days of their lives. If a minister or cake baker does not want to participate, I would walk away. I do not want someone involved in my happy day who believes what I am doing is wrong. Jesus had supper with thieves and prostitutes. Now people don't want to bake me a cake.

It's really a case of civil rights. People also said it wasn't because of race when black people were told to drink out of a separate fountain, move to the back of the bus and produce photo IDs for voting.

Any denial of rights to any group of people is wrong. It is discrimination!

CAROL STROHMETZ

Bay St. Louis

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