Printed on: January 02, 2013

Protected category

Received Dec. 21

Your editorial "The Right Side of History" (Dec. 16, 2012), argues effectively that state and local laws should outlaw discrimination by employers or landlords on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. What is the other side of the story?

While believing in civil rights for all, we see the gay rights movement is crusading for same-sex marriage. Throughout history, marriage between a man and a woman has been highly valued and is a vital part of our religions. Most states and the U.S. Congress (DOMA) now define traditional marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue.

Referring to local gays and lesbians, Corey Taule wrote, "There is nothing abnormal about them or immoral in how they live." My dictionary defines immorality as "not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics."

Although sensitive and politically incorrect, common sense sees that gay men are the highest at-risk group of any Americans for HIV-AIDS. Recent figures show a big increase in young men acquiring HIV when they have had sex with men. HIV-AIDS is spread in multiple ways, but it seems humane and wise to avoid risky behavior and not to encourage it.

Trying to be understanding and fair, many citizens would prefer to treat potential employees or renters as individuals deserving of our respect rather than as a protected category. (Word count: 234)

Mary Jane Fritzen

Idaho Falls