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Try to remember that day in your life when you decided to be heterosexual. Well, if such a decision wasn’t part of your life, why assume it’s true for gays? I mean, many still believe being gay is a behavior: they decided one day, “I think I’ll be gay; it sounds like fun.”

Not sure? Didn't you know gays were recruited; they were “influenced” to assume an immoral behavior? So what if it’s a behavior that will lead to perpetual intolerance, brutal discrimination and even suicide—they are having too much fun to quit now, right?

Indeed, the anti-gay crowd has to believe such nonsense. The alternative is unacceptable: being gay is a hard-wired orientation that is the result of natural sexual diversity occurring in the human population every generation. But God-fearing Christians couldn't be accountable for such a perversion, could they?

Come on, folks. Wearing a leather jacket and riding a Harley is a behavior. Take off the jacket and sell the bike and you’re free. Gays have no jacket to take off. They can’t change their orientation any more than you can change skin color. If you don’t believe me, display some courage and ask one. They are not the enemy. “Oh, but prayer can change them!” Sorry, prayer may change the outward behavior, but never the orientation.

Just as bigotry and discrimination have justified including skin color as a protected class (under the Constitution), sexual orientation (not behavior) must be included for the same reason. A writer argued a recent judge’s decision axing the gay marriage ban using that rationale a “bunch of baloney.” Hardly. Those who still voice that opinion are now on the back side of history and need to live with it.

It’s time to redefine marriage based on love, not gender. What a concept.

W. Bennington,

Polson

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