Shame on Deborah Peterson (letter, Jan. 3) for her negative response to the birth of our grandson. She was so quick to judge our son and the mother of their newborn son.
Peterson talked about marriage and values and holy matrimony, and how our grandson was illegitimate.
No child should ever be labeled that way. A child is a blessing from God. Maybe she needs to remember what the Bible says: Judge not, lest ye be judged.
We are very proud of our son and his little family, and we are standing by them with all the love and support we can give them.
A piece of paper that says marriage does not always mean a happy home.
We raised our children with strong faith and a lot of love, to become respectable young adults and to make their own choices in life.
Our son is a very hard worker and he supports his family.
To the two men who wrote letters in regard to Peterson’s, thank you for the kind words. There should be more love and kindness in this world. If there was, maybe it would be a better place.
We often wonder why others think they are so perfect. No one is but God. It’s truly a shame someone judges a new life while love and kindness are forgotten.
Our son and his family are very happy and very proud. That is all that matters.
Jody and Robert Coop
North Baltimore

Deborah Peterson’s letter (Jan. 9) was not shocking to me. I know religion runs deep here and that Findlay is a conservative town.
However, her letter concerns me about the safety of LGBT people in Findlay, because I know that she is not the only one with these opinions.
No matter how religious you are, or what convictions you hold, I propose that you take a step back and try to take an objective look at reality.
It’s a reality that some people are gay. It’s a reality that people don’t only have sex to reproduce. And it’s also a reality that people fall in love with people — regardless of gender identification or biological sex. It is for these reasons (there are more) that sexuality is a social construct that exists on a spectrum.
We can see that the world is starting to accept these realities as gay marriage becomes legal in more countries, advancements in birth control are made, and sexual education becomes more inclusive.
Peterson stated that the Obama administration lighting up the White House in rainbow colors was “absolutely the most heinous thing” she had ever seen.
I can think of a lot of things that happened in the last year alone that are more deserving of that adjective. However, one heinous reality that deserves attention is the suicide rate of LGBT people, especially LGBT youth.
According to the CDC, suicide is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. in ages 10-34, and LGBT youth (grades 7-12) are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.
Intolerant attitudes such as Peterson’s contribute to the creation of hostile environments that are detrimental to the mental health of LGBT people.
Despite scientific evidence that some human beings are gay, I’m not sure why suicide rates alone don’t motivate people to think about this issue more empathetically.
If you don’t think love is love, and displays of pride are heinous, I kindly encourage you to think about how you might feel if you lost a family member to suicide because they did not feel supported, loved, or accepted for who they are.
Sarah Stubbs

We know Deborah Peterson’s views (letter, Jan. 9) on marriage are based on her interpretation of the Holy Bible.
I have no issue with Peterson living her life based on her Bible. The problem comes when she decides that other people should also live their life according to Peterson’s Bible.
It’s not the job of the government to force others to live like Peterson. If she doesn’t like the White House being lit up in rainbow colors, then I wouldn’t deny her belief, even if I think it is stupid.
At the same time, she shouldn’t deny others their right to live how they see fit.
Doug Berger