Gay marriage not simply about rights

With all due respect, I wish to ask the Rev. David Maynard ('Same-sex marriage is a rights issue,' a letter in the Wednesday, May 18, Outlook) on what is he basing his thoughts in his letter?

I'm assuming that Rev. Maynard is a man of God and thus he would base his opinions on the word of God, the Holy Bible. If not, then maybe he's an advocate of some feel-good philosophy or new-age theology.

I fail to see anywhere in the Bible where God says that same-sex marriage is acceptable or is a rights issue. Maybe I overlooked it, and I would be open to having this pointed out.

In the Bible, there are several references to the homosexual lifestyle. It is not something new. In Leviticus 18:22, it talks about unlawful sexual relations such as 'do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable or an abomination. In Romans 1:26 it talks about men and women exchanging natural relations for unnatural ones; in Genesis 18-19, 22-33 it talks about two angels entering Sodom and Gomorrah in male human form and both young and older men wanting to have sex with them. God destroyed both cities and all who lived in them and surrounding areas. Sodom is where the term 'Sodomy' comes from.

So, Rev. Maynard, I appreciate your taking the time to share your views, but this issue is far more complex than just basic rights, if it were only that easy.

Louis H. Bowerman


Letter carriers thank food donors

The letter carriers would like to give a big thank you to the folks in Gresham for giving so generously on May 14 to the National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Gresham is one of only four offices in the state that collected more food this year than last year. Last year we collected a little more than 31,000 pounds and this year we collected close to 35,000 pounds of food. The food collected was sorted and will be used by the Oregon Food Bank for distribution to those families who are in need of assistance in these hard times.

We would also like to thank all for the additional volunteers who helped sort the collections and helped to make the day such a successful one. Local Gresham businesses also helped with keeping the volunteers energetic with refreshments. I would like to thank the following Gresham businesses for their generous support, Fred Meyers, Jazzy Bagel, Cash and Carry and Arby's.

Linda Malone


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