Letters to the Editor

Homosexuals lack freedoms

The March 26 Mirror quotes our newly elected state representative, Skip Priest, as saying, “Regardless of how you feel about America’s policies, the fact is, it’s our loved ones who are defending the freedoms they –– and we –– enjoy.” Not everyone enjoys those freedoms. Priest cast a vote against a bill that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens in areas of housing, employment and financial transactions. (Not special rights, just equal rights)

The gay and lesbian citizens of the United States have a long tradition of serving honorably, if not openly, in the armed services of our country. Statistically, there are thousands of gay and lesbian military personnel in the Middle East currently fighting to liberate citizens of Iraq. If and when they return home, some of the freedoms for which they could potentially sacrifice their lives will not be available to them, thanks to “patriotic” legislators like Skip Priest.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all the military personnel and their families, but especially to the gay and lesbian personnel who are fighting for freedoms for people across the globe, freedoms they themselves are denied in their own country, the United States of America.

Gary and Marcie Neuman

Federal Way

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