Gay and happy
EDITOR: A recent letter to the editor stated that the "lifestyle" of gay people cannot make them "happy" ("Bishop's intentions," March 15). I am a gay man. I do not have a lifestyle, but I have had and still have a life.
My spouse and I met more than 20 years ago, and we have lived together in a committed and monogamous partnership ever since. When it became possible, we registered as domestic partners, and in 2008, the first year it was possible in California, we married.
If to be happy is to pursue a successful career, to build a home, to participate in the life of our community and our parish church, to enjoy the company of many friends, to be enmeshed in the lives of my spouse's three children, their spouses and our seven grandchildren, and to live in loving and supportive companionship with my spouse, then I have been and continue to be blessed by being happy.
I would ask the writer of that letter to open her eyes and see not the myth of other people's lifestyles but rather the truth of other people's lives.
DAVID W. BROWN
EDITOR: After the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decisions in the Citizens United and McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission cases, coupled with the fact that it even heard the Hobby Lobby case, in which it was argued that corporations have freedom of religion rights under our Constitution, I feel compelled to point out that if corporations are people, then shareholders are slave owners.