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As a seventh-grader and an avid reader of the Opinion section of The Free Lance-Star, I am disgusted by the number of letters I've read by people against gay marriage and supporting Bush's actions to make it illegal.
I have always been taught never to discriminate against people because of race, religion, or gender. Yet, somehow, people seem to think it's OK to discriminate because of someone's sexual orientation.
Homosexuals do not choose to be that way. I bet a lot of them wish they weren't gay, but homosexuality is caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain, to which there is no practical cure.
But that's a bit beside the point. Just because to you something isn't "normal" doesn't mean it's wrong. Homosexuals are productive people, and as such deserve all the rights and privileges everyone has.
The main reason against homosexual marriage seems to be people's religion, which is what puzzles me the most. I was always under the impression that this thing called "separation of church and state" was a major principle of the U.S. government, but, hey, I could be wrong.
Just because something goes against your religion, it shouldn't be forced upon everyone. Also, religions have been known to alter their stances on issues in the past, which will likely happen with this.
After all, God creates everyone, and if he created someone as a homosexual, who are mere mortals to interfere with God's plans?
If it is really too much to ask to allow homosexuals to marry, at least give them the legal benefits of civil unions. How would you like it if you weren't allowed to marry the one you loved?
Katelyn Eads is a seventh-grade student at Thompson Middle School.