Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 04, 2012 6:30 AM

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Letter to the Editor

In response to a letter written to the DI on May 11 titled "Gay people ruin lives," nearly everyone knows what marriage is, and it is already mainstream.

Demographer Gary Gates has estimated that gay, lesbian, and bisexuals only make up 3.5 percent of the population, which means 96.5 percent of the population is heterosexual. Straight marriage is incredibly mainstream. If you really want to be part of an obscure, non-mainstream group, then it's too bad you aren't gay.

I will give you some bandwagon empathy; I once had a favorite band until it became mainstream, and then all of its songs started sounding different. In fact, every time someone found out about the band, the lyrics to my favorite song would change. It was awful.

Point of the matter is, you are willing to prevent certain human beings certain civil rights and important marriage benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits for spouses, because you, one person, don't want marriage to become mainstream. That is a staple example of insensitivity.

However, I will admit that I can relate to your problem of having some people in the same group or institution as you. Because knowing that someone as illogical and petty as yourself is a student here has made me want to drop out of UI, leave, never set foot in Iowa City ever again, and transfer to another college.

Claire Nilles
UI student

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