Courageous Truth-Speaker Says---Same-Sex Relationships are not Normal

YVONNE ABRAHAM'S column about the Obama inauguration, in which she expressed views that accuse others of bigotry, in fact displays her own bigotry ("On balance, no," Metro, Jan. 18). Her starting assumption is, of course, that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender behavior is to be respected and even celebrated. She assumes that people who disagree with that, such as the Rev. Rick Warren, whom Barack Obama picked to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, should be classified as "bigots" who hold "detestable views," and that the Obama organizers had to "undo their screw-up" by asking the gay bishop Gene Robinson to speak in another venue. Clearly not everyone agrees with me, but I think that the notion of people of the same gender entering into romantic and sexual relationships is not normal. The extension of this to bisexuals, transsexuals, and the transgendered is even less normal. Perhaps Obama agrees with me. I'm willing to discuss this with anyone, but I don't label those who disagree with me in a pejorative way, as if to say that their opinions are worthless. Their opinions are simply different. Abraham should think about her use of language when she writes a column.

Barry M. Cohen Newton Centre