Whose lifestyle?

Mar 30, 2015 by

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Mike Combs rightly denounces the term “homosexual life­style” (Letters, March 16). I don’t know what writers mean when they use that term, but I am certain it is negative. Consider the following activities: teen­agers having sex, unmarried women and men living together, couples having children outside marriage, lust, fornication, adultery, the divorce-remarry-divorce-remarry cycle, spousal abuse. These are elements of a “heterosexual life­style.” We don’t tag a married man and woman, or a couple planning marriage, with the “heterosexual lifestyle” label. Nor should we tag two men or two women desiring to make a lifelong commitment with the “homosexual lifestyle” label. I request that editors refuse to publish letters that use this term.

Carl Metzler
Goshen, Ind.


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  • Stan Epp

    I think the term “Homosexual Lifestyle” is appropriate. An example of this would be those persons I know who have started a family in a heterosexual relationship, had several children, and then decided to end that relationship to pursue sexual relationships with persons of the same sex. When they were in a married relationship with someone of the opposite sex, it would certainly appear that at that point they had chosen a “Heterosexual Lifestyle”. When they chose to end their marriage it was then that they began living a “Homosexual Lifestyle”. Language is important. These terms are descriptive and accurate, and they uphold the perspective that choice is involved in what we do, even if we have a strong inclination to do it.

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