It's difficult to determine in the Feb 17 issue of Mountain Xpress whose comments were more appalling: Rev. Keith A. Ogden's or Carl Mumpower's.
Rev. Ogden is spouting medieval ideas that homosexuality is a choice and that people wanting employee benefits should marry someone of the opposite sex. Let me ask you, Rev. Ogden, if you had a daughter, would you be pleased to have her marry a gay man just so one or the other could have employee benefits? I can't imagine a more inappropriate idea for your daughter and her gay husband.
Carl Mumpower suggests that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is trying to "lean on the Asheville taxpayers for their survival by seducing public dollars." Let me ask you, Mr. Mumpower, do not LGBTs also pay taxes and contribute to those public dollars? Do you not believe in equal pay for equal work? Or should LGBTs continue to be treated as second-class citizens?
Mr. Mumpower, you lament that our culture is not having an honest dialogue on heterosexuality vs. homosexuality. With attitudes such as yours, there is no honest dialogue conceivable.
— Mary Reed