Families come in many varieties

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

In response to Diane Gramley's Aug. 11 letter "What Citizens Want?" I'm proud to live in Allegheny County where Ordinance 4201-08 was approved that prohibits businesses and organizations from discriminating in hiring based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

If the Boy Scouts are negatively impacted by the ordinance, so be it. They have taken the concept of being "morally straight" to literally mean "heterosexual," which is an affront to respectable gay men who could contribute much to their organization.

The passing of Ordinance 4201-08 signifies Allegheny County moving into the 21st century.

I'm also curious why right-wing conservative groups hijack the name "family" in their names? Gay and lesbian Americans are products of families; most gays I know still have great relationships with their families of origin. Gays and lesbians adopt children and create their own families. When did the word "family" elevate someone to a higher moral ground? Are heterosexual men and women who choose to remain single and not create a family "less than"? Please stop co-opting the word "family" as uniquely yours.

Ms. Gramley, your scare tactics and limited thinking are anachronistic. As society progresses I hope people who share your opinion realize the contributions gays and lesbians have made, and continue to make, to our society.

Mt. Lebanon


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