Gay marriage has been getting a lot of media coverage lately. It makes me think of 1968, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting for rights for blacks.
If people say gay people cannot get married, they might as well say that blacks and Hispanics and oriental people also fall into that same category. The issue smacks badly of racist days; this is something that is very difficult to stomach.
What those religious zealots are essentially saying is that if a person is not a blond and blue-eyed Aryan, he or she cannot marry.
That is wrong. People must wake up and see the issue for what it is: Some people are afraid the institution of marriage is going to be tainted if gay and lesbian people are allowed to wed. That is just not true.
Gays and lesbians have red blood, just like the rest of us, and need to be given the same rights as heterosexuals who decide to wed.
I agree with Stanley Smith’s letter (April 30) in which he wrote, “enough already.” Let’s put the issue where it belongs — in the approved file — and go on with our lives and stop fearing. Fear will ultimately be our downfall, so let’s stop being afraid.
Nothing bad will happen if gays and lesbians are given the rights they seek. 
Kenneth Chances, Lewiston

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