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Laws shouldn't force acceptance of personal choices

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z 2014-04-16T09:48:15Z Laws shouldn't force acceptance of personal choices The Billings Gazette
April 16, 2014 12:00 am

There is a big difference between race, color, sex, age and disability and lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT). One group, a person is either born into or is something that is not in that person’s control. The other group (LGBT) is a person’s personal choice of lifestyle. Asking others to protect the rights of someone who has made a choice to live a certain way indicates to me they feel they are victims. How does this personal choice of lifestyle (LGBT) differ from a person who personally chooses to drink excessively, for example? Every choice we make has consequences, good or bad. When we feel "uncomfortable" or "discriminated" against, it doesn't mean we are victims but that our choice brought about certain consequences.

I am not a person who has chosen the LGBT lifestyle, but I have at times in my life made choices that brought about some consequences I didn't like and felt somewhat of a victim. This doesn't mean I would ever expect there to be a mandate or law to force others to reassure me of the choice I made and force others to accept the choice I made was right.

In response to the remark, "People don't realize that I can get kicked out of my house, and that's wrong." Everyone is protected by landlord/tenant laws. If you are already renting a house, the only way you could get kicked out is if one of these laws are broken. If you are finding certain people won't rent to you because they know you have chosen this personal lifestyle, I wouldn't think you would want to live in their place anyway.

Cindy Brady

Billings

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