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Voice: Shame on the homophobic

February 04, 2002

I'm chagrined to find that people are still demonstrating in the streets to deny homosexuals their civil rights.

Homophobic people demonstrated all over California this past week against Assemblyman Paul Koretz's bill 1338 to grant gays and lesbians "civil union" rights — not "marriage rights," which I believe should be permitted and encouraged. The 2 percent of Americans who are gay, lesbians or bisexuals is too large a minority to write off.

Just because we heterosexuals are in the majorities doesn't give us the right to deny homosexuals the love and security that marriage or at least "civil unions" would guarantee them.

In this day and age of AIDS and so many more venereal diseases caused by promiscuity, shouldn't we be encouraging monogamy in the homosexual community just as we are blessed with in the heterosexual community?

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Shame on all you homophobics!

ROBERT A. FELBURG

Costa Mesa

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