- - Monday, March 3, 2014

There is no small amount of irony in the position of homosexual rights supporters in Arizona’s consideration of its Senate bill on religious freedom (“Brewer veto backs gay rights over Arizona business’ religious rights,” Page 1, Feb. 27).

When the issue is abortion, where religious beliefs also come into play and Americans still remain sharply divided, a great many of these same supporters of Gov. Brewer’s veto will, with the proverbial shoe on the other foot, shout from rooftops that it’s all about “choice.”

They will argue that a woman has the right to choose and that religious beliefs should not be allowed to get in the way. Yet when sides are reversed, it is all about compel, comply and obey. For them, the baker’s freedom of “choice” is not up for discussion. Why?

I have always thought it odd a homosexual couple would want to force their business on a merchant that declined to serve them based on the merchant’s religious beliefs.

This is particularly the case when there are so many other options available, and they can take their business elsewhere. This issue needs to be settled in the marketplace, not the courtroom.

COL. CHRIS J. KRISINGER

U.S. Air Force (retired)

Burke