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posted: 9/25/2013 5:00 AM

Gay marriage, religious freedom can coexist

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This is in response to the Sept. 18 letter by James Finnegan titled "Sports columnist fairly reported on marriage issue." Mr. Finnegan has some very strong beliefs about religion and human sexuality and he must adhere to them as it is his inalienable right to do so. I too have strong beliefs on both these topics. Being gay is not evil, sinful, a preference, a life choice or a lifestyle. It is simply one way of naturally being, one of the unique ways that God created people.

I honestly believe God designed people differently to see how we treat who may differ from us. Those who treat people equally, with dignity and respect truly approach the teachings of Christ. It is like Pope Francis said recently: "If a person is gay and seeks God, and has good will, who am I to judge?"

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Once in place, marriage equality will have zero impact on religious freedom. A religious institution cannot be forced to marry two gay people if it goes against church dogma, and I would fight to ensure that institution's religious freedom even though I support marriage equality, There are other venues for a gay marriage that would be open, affirming, welcoming and kind.

I would like to thank the Herald for consistently publishing opposing views on this matter and thank them for being on the right side of history by endorsing marriage equality.

Louis S. Guagenti

Arlington Heights

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