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GAMIT should accept the views of anti-homosexuals

During the last week, I have seen posters about campus bearing the encouragement to "celebrate diversity" and calling for "freedom to love." These posters are to call attention to the upcoming Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Awareness days. I wish, as an uninvolved bystander, to make a few comments on these expressions and what I see as their implications. One might say that I am exercising my freedom to respond, or my freedom to have an opinion. I believe these are constitutionally protected, as is the gay community's right to express itself through its upcoming events.

If the notion of celebrating diversity is available for use as a defense of the gay community in its position, then I feel that it must also serve to support the position of at least some who find themselves in opposition to the gay community. The opposition of which I speak is not hatred or contempt -- sentiments that I feel simply have no worthwhile qualities -- but instead conscious adherence to a moral code not lightly accepted nor readily modified. In short, I find myself unable to accept homosexuality as a morally legitimate way of life for myself or others.

In reading the opinions of others concerning the gay community, I often find myself, along with others who hold views similar to mine, accused of being a sexist or a fascist or some other undesirable whose title ends in "-ist." The point I wish to make is that such accusations cannot be reconciled to an ideology that espouses the celebration of diversity as a virtue.

Shall the gay community encourage itself and others to admire differences between people, only to condemn those whose beliefs differ from theirs in the area of sexual morality? (To do so would be hypocrisy.) Or are there parts of our diverse community to whom "celebrate diversity" does not apply? If that is the case, then those who claim this motto must make it clear to whom it applies before it can serve as an honest statement of their beliefs.

Once again, I would like to say that in no way do I wish to justify hatred of the gay community or any other. I only wish to ask that others consider my conviction that the position of conscious moral opposition to homosexuality is justified, at least in an ideology expressed in the words "celebrate diversity."

Greg Richardson '91->