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Diversity, tolerance make America a great place to live

I would like to question when society has the right to restrict the freedom of another group of people. Few would argue that theft should be legal, because theft has a measurable effect on the victim.

My concern here is not crimes with a victim, or even the so-called victimless crimes. I am talking about laws when the government acts as the parent because society thinks individuals are not capable of making the “right” decision.

There was a time when those who believed in freedom might say, “although I disagree with what you say, I will fight to the death for your right to say it.”

It seems to me that the fundamental idea here is freedom. And to restrict the freedom of another is a terrible thing to do.

Arguments against gay marriage essentially say, “because I don’t like what you say or the way you act, I have the right to restrict your freedom.” This flies in the face of what America stands for.

America has a great diversity and tolerance for the various cultural, religious, political and ethnic people. I urge those who may not like the idea of gay marriage to consider the greater issue of personal freedom, what America stands for, and what makes America great.

Jeff Kotowski

Nevada City

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