Blame Canada

I really enjoyed reading your article on gay marriage `“Keep your matrimony, I’ve got mantrimony,” Oct. 4`. `My wife’s sister`, the youngest of six siblings, lives `in Ottawa`. She was married for over 20 years, but she and her husband divorced several years ago. She has three children (one girl and two boys).

After her divorce, she disclosed her same-sex preference. She will legally marry her partner of several years Oct. 7. My wife will attend their wedding. The ceremony will be performed by their United Church of Canada minister in the church they attend together with her children. Are you getting my point yet?

The fact is that America, despite its place in the world since 1776 is, to me at least, one of the most underdeveloped countries of the world. A case-in-point, of course, is the view espoused by many religious and political conservatives that marriage is “a centuries-old institution (between one man and one woman) ordained by God himself.” This view, as your article suggests, is not historically accurate! It is, in fact, antiquated! I support gay marriage as a viable and legal option for same-sex couples.

Thank you again for taking the time to write such a pungent article. All the best.

John Scolaro, Orlando

Mantrimony can kill

In Billy Manes’ article about gay “marriage” `“Keep your matrimony, I’ve got mantrimony,” Oct. 4` there is a picture of him holding a gun to the head of his boyfriend, with his finger on the trigger. I question the sanity of anyone who does such a stupid, dangerous thing. Doesn’t this guy know anything about gun safety? What he is depicted doing is how people die or get horribly injured.

Rule No. 1: Never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot! Rule No. 2: Never have your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire the gun. Rule No. 3: Always treat a gun as if it were loaded.

This jerk needs to take a gun safety course, urgently. Before he kills someone. This is important.

J.Y., Orlando

Billy Manes responds: We take safety very seriously when it comes to weapons. The gun wasn’t loaded. We checked.

Way too gay

Orlando Weekly, we already have a gay newspaper. It is called the Watermark, and it is fabulous. You are becoming a gay newspaper, and you obviously love Billy Manes `“Keep your matrimony, I’ve got mantrimony,” Oct. 4`. Not only do you feature his written drunken exploits all over town in your weekly paper, but you are featuring him more and more. This week you are featuring him on the cover of your newspaper kissing some guy.

 I don’t mind one article written by Billy in your newspaper. While his writing is very colorful and I’m sure there are some people out there who love reading about his drinking binges, one article written by him is enough.

When I see the name “Billy Manes,” I think “gay.” This week you have him featured on the front of your newspaper. As soon as I saw it I thought, “That Orlando Weekly is becoming too gay.”

Billy Manes is slowly turning your once smart and informative newspaper featuring life and business in Orlando into a personal gay rag about himself. Watermark is and should be the only gay newspaper in town.   It is gay and you should not try to be. You would be doing a disservice to yourself, to your other talented writers and to your readers.

Billy Manes looks cute waving from the back of a convertible to his adoring fans, and his humorous article about his drunken visits to Orlando bars appeals to many. However, Orlando Weekly, get back to writing about Orlando. If I see a picture on a future front page of Orlando Weekly featuring a pregnant Billy Manes, I will stop reading your newspaper.

Tom Roseberry, Orlando

Billy Manes responds: While I’m glad that Tom doesn’t mind if I write one article per issue, I’ll have to leave that decision to my editor. And I would like to point out that ours was not a shotgun wedding; I’m not pregnant.

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