The Star published three letters (1/4) attacking Mary Sanchez’s column (12/30, Opinion) in which she criticizes Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren as his inaugural chaplain, based on Warren’s opposition to gay marriage. Warren’s bigotry is dismissed as “honoring” marriage.
Warren is free to bless or not bless the loving unions of same-sex couples under his religion as he sees fit. Many Christian leaders do extend such a blessing, and many, including Warren, the Pope and Fred Phelps, do not. But, insofar as he supports denying gay couples equality under our nation’s laws, it’s not a question of “honoring” marriage but of whether we Americans should condone treating a segment of our population as second-class citizens under the law.
As a theological controversy, let the religious leaders debate all they want, but as a legal and moral issue, the course is clear. Denying gay couples the same legal rights and protections as straight couples is anti-family, immoral, and anti-American, just as was denying blacks the right to equal education based on their race or denying women the right to vote based on their gender.
This legal discrimination is shameful, and as Americans, we should fight to change it.