The times, they are a' changin' 

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What formerly seemed slam-dunk truths and articles of faith are undergoing serious scrutiny — issues of sexual and gender equality, perhaps, most of all.

click to enlarge Nicole Rosa
  • Nicole Rosa

Nicole Rosa of Shooks Run is a math tutor.

What is your personal view on same-sex unions? I have no problem whatsoever with it. Who you choose to love and spend your life with is your own business.

Are you married? I once was. I'm widowed.

Do you know any gay couples? Yes.

Did those same-sex marriages threaten the sanctity of your marriage, as some conservatives argue? Why would it threaten my marriage in any way? I suspect, at bottom, that it's merely that many people — conservative, liberal or "other" — feel threatened by unfamiliar concepts and situations.

Have you sensed a general shift away from rigidly black-and-white, set-in-concrete mindsets about what is and isn't allowable toward more live-and-let-live attitudes? I'm getting the sense that people — especially Millennials — feel like there's room for a wide array of lifestyles, aspirations, spiritual paths, modes of being. Difference is good, not bad.

click to enlarge Joel Carter
  • Joel Carter

Joel Carter of the west side is in telecommunications.

Do you know any gay couples? Of course.

How would you compare their relationships, generally, with those of heterosexuals? They're basically the same. Plenty of ups and downs.

Where do you stand on the issue of same-sex unions? Many same-sex couples seek to have long-term, monogamous relationships that have the same legal privileges, responsibilities and securities as heterosexual unions. Same-sex partners seek the same bond through marriage. That's a goal that should be supported and encouraged.

Are you married? Yes.

Are same-sex marriages eroding the sanctity of your marriage? The escalating divorce rate is far more of a threat to the sanctity of marriage, gay or straight.

click to enlarge Michelle Patterson
  • Michelle Patterson

Michelle Patterson of Briargate is an angel medium.

Do you know any gay couples? Quite a few.

Where do you stand on the issue of same-sex couplings? Love is love. My main concern is with the soul connection, not the manner it is manifested, in whatever gender.

Is it consistent to argue that any attempt to regulate the sale of semi-automatic firearms constitutes an attack on personal freedom, and then — as the Texas state legislature did — impose strict regulations on doctors and medical facilities to reduce access to abortion? Like the majority of Americans, I believe we need tougher gun control laws. At the same time, I believe that a woman, not the government, should decide what happens to her own body.


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