Young generation is the most accepting

April 21, 2013 

Letter writer Richard Shelton laments that the 18- to 35-year-old generation is overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage and attributes it to deficient sex education in school, which teaches sex as a mechanical and health issue. He also laments their lack of grounding in biblical values.

What their support for same-sex marriage tells me is that they have learned to think for themselves rather than blindly accepting the thinking of authors who lived more than 2,000 years ago. They have learned to practice critical thinking, to exhibit compassion, and to appreciate all the different ways God made human beings.

Some day biology and other sciences will unlock the mysteries of homosexuality. Until then, I'm glad we have new generations who realize same-sex attraction includes way more than just the sex act. And I'm glad they have the ability to critically think beyond ancient creed so that we can create a more just, equitable and harmonious society.

Irene Allred

O'Fallon

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