Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Letter to the editor (Newsweek)

In a follow-up to Kim Severson's "My Turn" piece in Newsweek, the magazine printed four letters in this week's issue. Three of the letters were supportive, but the fourth was idiotic -- so much so that it prompted this letter to the editor from me:

Re: Rob Larimer's letter responding to Kim Severson's "My Turn" piece: exactly which universe does Mr. Larimer live in? He may be right that there are more gay-friendly sitcoms, policies, etc., but to believe that gays and lesbians are accepted in every major corporation, university, city or state requires a huge stretch of the imagination, to put it mildly. Morever, his claims do not address the main point of Severson's piece -- that she and her partner, although monogamous and committed to each other, do not have the same right to marry that straight couples do.

Perhaps Mr. Larimer, as a practicing Christian, does encounter criticism for his "deepest beliefs". But if his lifestyle includes homophobia (which, unlike homosexuality, is a choice), it is not hard to see why.

There's probably little chance of it getting printed -- I don't think Newsweek usually does rebuttals of rebuttals. Good thing I've got my little soapbox right here.

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