A threat to gay civil rights is a threat to all

I object to your giving so much space to Del. Neil Parrot and his "mission" to make "traditional Christian values" the law of the land ("GOP freshman challenges Maryland power structure," July 24). A system that leaves the rights of a minority up to a vote by the majority is inherently unjust.

This applies to the basic human rights of same-sex couples to marry the partner of their choice without interference from any religious establishment, and particularly for a majority that doesn't belong to their church.

I truly believe this is a First Amendment issue. Whenever I hear "Christian values" as an excuse to ostracize minority groups I feel as if my own religious freedom is being whittled away.

I am an American Buddhist. I believe in relieving suffering, including that of Maryland same-sex couples whose love and commitment are rejected out of hand. If this attempt to inflict suffering on the homosexual minority is successful, my state tax dollars will be used to enforce a ban sanctioned by a specific church, and I will be prevented from acting on my own faith and belief.

Instead, I will be roped into paying a state religious tithe and forced to accede to a religious belief I do not share yet will pay for nevertheless. So much for my First Amendment rights.

Kimberly Sheridan, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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