I read the results of the Sun poll on November 19 which reported that 53 percent of Marylanders would support a law to continue to discriminate against gay people in adoption issues. The ideal place to raise a child may be a home with a happily married husband and wife, but don't 50 percent of marriages end in divorce?

The whole issue, it seems to me, revolves around the verses in the Bible that were translated hundreds of years ago and have gradually been reinterpreted to condemn homosexuality. Many people base objections to gay people, gay marriage and gay adoption on Bible verses that may have been inaccurately translated, saying, "If it is in the Bible, it must be true." Besides the errors in translation that some Bible researchers have found, many Biblical instructions are no longer accepted as truth. Examples are the instruction that women shall not speak in church (Corinthians 14:34), and that men should not cut their beards (Leviticus).

Jesus never talked about homosexuality in the recorded words of the New Testament, but he did talk about divorce. Nevertheless, how many divorced heterosexuals are allowed to be ministers, officers or other church administrators? If you believe that every word in the Bible is true, then you must follow every word. Not to do so is hypocritical, one main reason that many people reject the church and choose not to attend.

Also, I cannot fathom how African-Americans can support discrimination against gay people. No, it is not the same as the horror of slavery or the same as the struggle for equality of the 1950s and '60s for those who are black. (That comparison would make me angry, too.) However, it is discrimination.

If gay people want to marry someone they love and want the legal protections that are granted by marriage, who should be allowed to discriminate against them? (Unfortunately, the courts are still allowed to do so.) If there are gay people who want and are willing to adopt the unwanted children of heterosexuals or those kids who need a home, they should certainly be allowed to do so.

Sherry Hope, Baltimore