Readers Write (March 11): Marriage, self-reliance, Lynyrd Skynyrd, law enforcement

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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

We don’t use religion to set public policy

To a recent letter writer who stated that “God says homosexuality is a sin, an abomination. It’s in the Bible. Thus, those who are against gay marriage are in the right”: I would submit that there is overwhelming tangible evidence that gays and lesbians exist in the world today.

They are our friends, our neighbors, our family members and our coworkers. They own homes and have jobs, and they have families and children, just like heterosexuals do.

Most of them are nice people, and some of them are jerks, just as with heterosexuals. So why would anyone state that two individuals who love each other should not enjoy the right to marry, and all of the benefits that come with marriage?

I will also respectfully submit that there is no tangible evidence, at all, that your god exists. You have a book and you have faith, and if that works for you, then I am happy for you. But I do not believe that your religious book or any other should be the basis for determining laws that affect real people. Let’s continue to keep church and state separate, please.

Douglas Broad, St. Louis Park

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Polls show that only 38 percent of Minnesotans approve the legalization of same-sex marriage, so it is hurriedly declared that Minnesotans maybe aren’t ready to take that step, and that legislative action may have to wait until another time — because there’s just a lack of popular support.

Polls show that 70 percent of Minnesotans — and 60 percent of gun owners — approve of universal background for all gun purchases, yet it is declared that legislative action is in trouble, and maybe we can’t pass such legislation at this time. And that is because … why?

Bob Guenter, St. Paul

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SELF-RELIANCE

Yes, it’s admirable, but there’s more to story

My brother was born in 1962, severely affected by cerebral palsy. Today he is a college graduate, lives independently, and works as a journalist for his community newspaper.

He graduated with honors, due to his intellect, will and determination. He was able to attend that university in the first place because of a variety of government programs, from adapted public transport to classrooms built to accommodate wheelchairs, to electronic devices to help him be understood and record his notes, to curb cuts at intersections and automatic doors on most buildings, to an institution willing to adapt its programs for the disabled.

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