Anti-gay editorial unsettling

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An Anonymous Patron sends" a letter to the editor of the Vance County (SC) Daily Dispatch taking issue with the paper's 'unsettling' response to the removal of the book King and King from an elementary school library, because it featured two men in a relationship."

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What is the "gay lifestyle"? Do gays all have this mysterious incredible difference to how they lead their lives above and beyond their sexual orientation? Is there a "straight lifestyle"?*sigh*

There has yet to be a definitive acceptance of gay life style as a norm.

Well, I'd put it that there has be an acceptance of homosexuals as normal. Certainly people need to understand that the lifestyles of others does not have any impact on theirs. I've known about homosexuality since adolescence, the knowledge has never stopped me from lusting after women.

I think what we're all talking about hear is Ethics. Don't you gay-haters have any?

It is true, all families do not look the same. However there are families that don't look the same, adopted children, interracial, divorced parents, etc. It is very important to know of other types of families. Gay life is different. It is the first time in history that there is a seal of approval for raising children by two of the same gender who call themselves a variation of husband and wife. Why was there no discussion of polygamy? In fact polygamy was an accepatble practice and still is in many cultures. Suppose some other living arrangement is called a family to we protect that as well. It seems strange that there is a push to accept gay lifesytle and no other variations of family. Have all the hangups of children in the groups I have mentioned been resolved?

I repeat the issue is unresolved. It is unfair to push it to acceptance.

Actually, I did attend an ALA acreditted library school. While there, I didn't swear to any oath, nor was I required to swear to any oath. I am not a member of the ALA, nor will I ever be a member of that political organization. I am a member of a law librarians association.

Although sometimes I feel as if I'd make more money in a comic book shop, I work in an academic law library.

Why should this one dissenting opinion of one family be given so much weight in this issue? Don't all families have the right to be represented in our libraries? Don't we (all of us) as people have value? What sort of ethics are being used here?

I enjoy a good mud-fight as much as anyone else and this one is a lively one; however, please read post's before you respond. Read them carefully. I respond to posts by the words I read in the post. I don't try and glean some sort of intent from anything but the words in the post. If you want to call me names, call me names but base it on what I wrote (not what you think I meant). Thanks.

>>Unless a municipality has a fairness ordinance, I can be fired without any recourse simply because I'm gay, regardless of my ability to do my job.

Untrue. See EEOC.

I meant more that having two parents does not mean that the family is emotionally or physically healthy. There is a lot of abuse that happens in the traditional nuclear family as well.

Statistically, you are incorrect. Children from two-parent households TEND to be healthier (physically, emotionally, financially, etc...) than children from single-parent families. That is not an opinion, that is a fact. Are there exceptions? Absolutely, but these are exceptions and not the norm. Is there abuse in two-parent families? Without question; however, the rate of abuse is higher in single-parent households.

Does that make the children of single-parent household bad people? No, but the deck is currently stacked against the children of single-parent households.

Regarding children in two-parent same-sex families, I haven't a clue. The things I've read don't address that issue. I also don't have an opinion about it.

I am with you 100% Anna. You are the only one talking any sense around here! Keep up the good work.

I broached polygamy in this thread but apparently insulted a "ploygamist"(sic).

I agree. Polygamy is on the table if we are discussing gay marriage.

I beg your pardon?

I have yet to say anything in this conversation that would allow you to infer how I feel about gays, or about the presence of this book in any particular library. I have pointed out a factual error by another author: the ALA does not now, and never has, "accredited" librarians.

Just before posting my brief note, I was considering ignoring the gay rights/lifestyle threads that have been cropping up here regularly over the last little while (while continuing to appreciate the news stories themselves), because the conversations regularly degenerate into flame wars between "the usual suspects".

I now wish I'd done it before I'd posted my comment. But I now see that it most definitely the right thing to do.

You can be legally married to the one you love in the eyes of the government, with all of the civil rights afforded to you. Some friends of mine who happen to be two women have to fill out paperwork several inches thick in order to have anything near what you recieve in a five minute ceremony at City Hall.

Not related to the marriage issue, one big thing that stands out to me is employment rights. Unless a municipality has a fairness ordinance, I can be fired without any recourse simply because I'm gay, regardless of my ability to do my job. No one would dare fire any other minority without facing legal reprocussions, but it's okay to can the queers in most places. That kind of job insecurity isn't a concern to straight people.

Really?

What do you infer from my "tone" as insulting?

I still think this is a big ethical dilema! Support equal rights for all people. That's what we must do.

>>As a straight man, you have more civil rights than I do

Eh??? Care to name one?

I meant more that having two parents does not mean that the family is emotionally or physically healthy. There is a lot of abuse that happens in the traditional nuclear family as well.

I am a ploygamist Mormon. I find your tone insulting.

Please. ALA's code of ethics may speak for you, but not me. Or many other librarians. And yes I still consider myself a professional.

My question. From one "bigoted" position to another, how do you feel about the "civil rights" of our polygamist Mormon friends?

But where are you Ethics? Don't you support equal rights? Or are you longing for the good ole' days of the South?

The writer uses terms such as good and bad in regard to the book that was pulled. There has yet to be a definitive acceptance of gay life style as a norm. The issue is still being debated. It seem incongruous to criticize people who object to something that has never been openly acceptable in society before the debate has reached resolution. People come from many backgrounds in which they are rooted to view gay life style as unacceptable. Our free speech right allows for discussion, resolution and acceptance. This is what happened with civil rights. Until that time the issue is open and it is unfair to uses words like good and bad. What about the sensitvity of other members of society? That is freedom as well.

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