I would like to respond to the debate on gay marriage and ask a few questions for all to consider. Since this issue will probably go to referendum, everyone should become more familiar with this issue. My questions just ask you to think about your beliefs.

How long would we have waited for African-American civil rights if they had been put to a referendum, and does anyone remember that the Bible was used to support segregation?

Since Bible verses are used to condemn homosexuality, what are people supposed to do about the Bible verses that say that those who commit adultery are to be put to death?

The U.S. Declaration of Independence says we all have a right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." So are gay people just supposed to remain single for their whole lives? (Being gay is not a "choice." Who would choose a life of ridicule and hate?)

What is society doing about heterosexuals who are having children and not taking care of them? How does gay marriage affect heterosexual marriage?

Creation shows diversity in every phase of life. Why not diversity in sexual orientation, too? As the Bible says, "judge not that you not be judged."

Sherry Hope, Baltimore