To the editor: This letter is in response to the article written by Jenna Wasakoski on same-sex marriage. We are spending time worrying about who is "marrying" whom because gay rights activists have petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to redefine marriage and want written into law that same-sex marriage is the same and equal to traditional marriage of a man and a woman.

Everyone has the right to live as they want because of a God-given free will. However, one's actions and choices must be guided by a moral conscience that enables one to make the right choice and to assume responsibility and consequences of one's actions.

Homosexuality existed long before Proposition 8. Homosexuals live their private lives without interference from anyone because it was their personal choice and they are responsible for their actions. They did not infringe on the rights of others. Now gays and lesbians are protesting in public and demanding that everyone accept their lifestyle and co-habitation as normal and their same-sex "marriage" to be recognized in the same manner as that of a man and woman. Now they have made it everyone's business, and those who believe in traditional marriage have the right to speak out and defend the dignity and sanctity of marriage.

In your defense of gay marriage, you questioned the sanctity of marriage because of the increase of adultery. Well, two wrongs don't make a right. Homosexual celebrities have cheated on their "life partners" with other homosexuals and heterosexuals. What about the innocent children brought into those relationships?

The God I believe in also does not choose to hate or advise me to ridicule people and He doesn't promote hate and anger as a product of faith. Yet anyone who supports traditional marriage is called bigot, homophobic, ignorant and un-American. People should practice what they preach. I know for a fact that some people are renounced by their own families because they do not accept a same-sex marriage as normal and valid.

In regard to the Bible, I am sorry you didn't learn in the 13 years of "hard time" you spent in Catholic school. Perhaps you should review the Book of Genesis. God created male and female to be united as one, so they are no longer two, but one flesh. Thus the marriage bond created by God. Who in this country has the right to overrule the law of the Creator of natural law? A man and a woman are created with qualities that are complementary to each other to result in complete union, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and physically.

In regard to same-sex marriage, gays and lesbians do not possess the physical and biological qualities necessary to consummate a marriage. There isn't any sexual complementarity,; therefore, a marriage cannot exist. Their sexual orientation is intrinsically disordered because it deviates from natural law and moral law. Natural law and moral law cannot be changed by politicians, lawmakers or popular vote.

Homosexuals are entitled to equal rights as citizens of this country, excluding marriage to each other. They can seek financial benefits as a civil union or domestic relationship, not a marriage. When a person's mind or body is not functioning normally, it is recognized as an illness and in need of healing. If a person's orientation is not normal, is it to be recognized as a marriage? Accept reality. A majority cannot make it normal.

In your article, you said we should understand and have decency to accept the fact that it is perfectly OK that someone lives their life in complete contrast to ours and what they do between the sheets has nothing to do with it. Sorry, it has everything to do with it.

In my opinion, we should understand and have the decency to recognize that men and women with homosexual tendencies do not choose their condition. They should be treated and accepted with love and compassion. There are many good and wonderful people in this situation, but by no means can their sexual relationships be approved or regarded as normal.

I pray the Supreme Court will acknowledge the true meaning of marriage and uphold the dignity and sanctity of a marriage between a man and a woman, and make a decision in this matter that is beneficial to the stability and integrity of our country. End of story.

Patricia Kort

Kulpmont