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OPINION
August 22, 2004
Re "Parishes Split Off Over Gay Issues," Aug. 18: Why are people shocked at the Episcopalian Church schism? When the elite of the church decided to ignore the Bible's multiple condemnations of homosexuality, it chose worldly popularity over eternal truth. People have not left the church; it left them. Aaron Smith Carlsbad
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1991
If Judge Larry Stirling had simply asked the bailiff to clean up because the person was sick, his behavior would have been reasonable. But he didn't. He said he ordered the cleanup because the person was HIV infected, thereby implying the virus could be passed through casual contact. Being Alive has 600 members who live with this virus every day. Judge Stirling's ignorance not only hurts them but, ultimately all of society. Let's hope all of us strive for more education and understanding about HIV/AIDS.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992
Regarding the article titled "Vatican Statement Supports Discrimination Against Gays" (July 17): By changing two words in the Vatican's statement, the fuller scope of the its policy becomes clear. According to these Men of God, "There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account." Change the words sexual orientation to gender or race or national origin or physical limitation or marital status, and what do you have? An organization that cloaks itself in righteousness while promoting a systematic denial of rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1993
The Rev. Robert L. Morley ("On Rock 'n' Roll and Gays in the Military," Sermon, Voices, March 15) has rightly pointed out that the issue of homosexuality has largely been a matter of the heart rather than a matter of the head in our society. But instead of trying to inject some reason into the debate, he advocates keeping the debate on its current emotional level, stating: "You lead with your heart." How can we hope to have a better society by asking our citizens to check their brains at the door before they decide the policies that will guide our nation?
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Delta Air Lines has denounced legislation that would permit businesses to cite religion in refusing to serve gays, saying  proposals in Georgia and Arizona would cause “significant harm” and “result in job losses.” The company, which is Atlanta's largest employer and one of the biggest private companies in Georgia, joins the likes of Apple, American Airlines and Marriott in opposing such measures. Arizonans  are awaiting  Gov. Jan Brewer's decision on whether to sign or veto legislation that would bolster business owners' rights to cite their religion as a defense in discrimination lawsuits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It's really worth watching the heartfelt speech that Alan Manning Chambers gave Wednesday as he announced the demise of Exodus International , the controversial Christian ministry founded 38 years ago in Anaheim to -  as one often hears - "pray away the gay. " Chambers, who has led the Orlando, Fla.-based group for 11 years, said he thinks the church is becoming a more welcoming place for gays, and that Exodus, founded as a...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1990
We commend you on your editorial, "It's as Good a Time as Any for City to Assure Gay Rights," (Jan. 28). You made a point which is often lost in discussions of this sort, namely that no one acquires civil rights because others approve of him or her, but automatically by virtue of citizenship. Approval or disapproval of a minority by the majority is irrelevant to the issue of civil rights for the minority. Just as civil rights does not stem from approval, guarantee of civil rights does not imply approval.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Michael McGough
An old friend,  a graduate of a Jesuit high school, called my attention to this story about the decision by McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, N.Y. , to allow two gay  students to attend the  school's  Junior Ball as a couple. My  friend commented: "Of  course it's a Jesuit school. Humaneness is in the S.J. DNA.” But then  I learned from another friend that a school operated by the De La Salle Christians Brothers, who taught me, also allowed a male couple to attend a prom.  In both cases the reasoning was that the school doesn't presume that a couple who come to a prom together are engaging in sexual relations.
OPINION
July 22, 2012
Re "The GOP's anti-gay? Not so fast," Opinion, July 16 David Lampo's apologetics reaffirm the link between mainstream Republicans and bigotry. His own reductionist argument reveals that, according to numerous polls, most Republicans oppose marriage equality: Christian conservatives, 86%; Republicans in 2010, 75%; Republicans in 2011, 88%;"tea party"members, 82%. Lampo's claim to have found "large, overlooked pockets of gay tolerance" connotes the widespread belief on the right that civil unions are separate from but equal to marriage.
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