Gay marriage and Jamilah Nasheed get readers talking

Sep 1, 2011 at 4:00 am

I do, I do: This story has put a ridiculously broad and enduring smile on my face ["Holy Matrimony!" Melissa Meinzer]. Thank you, and congratulations to all the happy couples!
DogmaticInsularChurroMaker, via the Internet

Off-limits: Although I approve, in general, of gay marriage, I can't approve of this. The article glosses over it, but the pastor getting involved with a member of her flock is a serious breach of ethics.
Jonathan, via the Internet

Pastors need loving too: I understand how it could be frowned upon, but what if you meet "the one" — and they are two consenting adults? They should be able to do what they want. Being a pastor doesn't mean that you don't get to date.

Plenty of heterosexual male pastors find their future wives at church. Why can't she?
Amber, via the Internet

Poor little lesbians: I tried to read this and then realized: Why the hell would gay people care if their relationships are recognized by anyone? Do they look for the validation of society before they accept that they are gay? Or is this just another way to beg for attention?

Someone called them "fags"? Oh no! Getting called a name is so tragic. Oh, and I love how the rules about dating a parishioner were important right up until she decided they were not. Typical of most people: Their make-believe worlds are all-important until they want something else. This is news? A lady got shot in the face yesterday. I bet she wishes all anyone ever did to her was say she couldn't get married.
Tedbugg, via the Internet

He protests too much: Tedbugg, when I start to read an article that doesn't interest me, I simply elect not to finish it. I'm surprised that this happy story provoked such a strong, negative response from you. I wonder why you felt it important and appropriate to attack the humanity and motives of the players here and to tear down and scorn a clear source of affirmation and joy for the hundreds directly involved. Why so reactive, chum? Why so ugly?

Unfortunately, unwavering, loving religious acceptance of same-sex marriage in Missouri is still news. Fortunately, the fact that attitudes like yours are steadily slipping further into the minority assures ongoing positive change.

Blessings on the newly (and re-newly) married and on their wonderful congregation!
Escondida, via the Internet

Not a puff piece: I think this article is terrible ["Just Who Does Jamilah Nasheed Think She Is," Albert Samaha]. I really don't know what it is supposed to be about. If it is supposed to get support for Representative Nasheed, I think it will do a lot of the opposite. She reminds me of the saying that you can take the person out of the ghetto but can't take the ghetto out of the person. It seems to me she is more about what is best for her, people like her and her district than she is about the city as a whole.

How many educated middle-class people want to live in north St. Louis? And I mean that regardless of race. I honestly don't know any. Why would you want to live around a bunch of people who take no pride in their homes, their neighborhoods, their schools, etcetera? And let's not act like the city is the only segregated area here. The county is just as bad. Seriously.
Sonia Zuroweste Wagner, via the Internet

Arrested development: Someone who admits to casting a deciding vote because she was "mad" has no business in office. She is not the only one in Jefferson City whose development arrested in adolescence, but she seems the most proud.
Ssoe, via the Internet

Breaking the eleventh commandment: I may sympathize with her upbringing, but I find her very rude for making such remarks to Mayor Slay. If she wants to be proud of her race, it starts from being a role model to people of her own color, someone with good ethics and integrity. If she wants to change her neighborhood, she has to start changing herself first.
FYI, via the Internet