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Encouraging sign on gay marriage for Illinois

Fireworks fill sky
as hundreds enjoyed Fourth July fireworks display over Duke Childs Field WinnetkMonday night.
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Winnetka.07/04/11 Fireworks fill the sky as hundreds enjoyed the Fourth of July fireworks display over Duke Childs Field in Winnetka, Monday night. |Allen Kaleta~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 3, 2013 6:21AM

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act last week, state Rep. Monique Davis said she now was “much more inclined” to support a gay marriage bill in Illinois.

Just as I called Rep. Davis’ office earlier to voice my objection when she denied that people have been killed for being gay or perceived as gay, I called her office again, this time to express my appreciation for her reasoned, compassionate and quite unexpected evolution on this issue. While Rep. Davis did not make an outright endorsement of the state’s still-pending Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, the fact that she made as strong a statement as she did is very encouraging.

David Magdziarz,
Near North Side

Better ways to celebrate

A manufacturer of fireworks recently wrote in the Sun-Times that he thought Chicago’s ban on fireworks was unpatriotic. Children under the age of 15 suffered 45 percent of firework-related injuries. Some veterans close their windows and turn up the volume on the TV because the blasts remind them of war. Parades, picnics and parties in the parks are a much more patriotic ways to celebrate. Just look at the Hawks victory celebration in Grant Park.

Thomas Keating, Mayfair

Hope for Mideast peace

Sixty-three years ago, I was born into a Jewish family in Chicago. Last night, I went to the home of a Palestinian, as a guest of the group Jewish Voice for Peace, for dinner and a presentation. The hostess was gracious and friendly. The food and beverages offered were like any good food and beverages offered, but with a Mideastern flair. But when I saw the Palestinian child, I was moved. She dressed and behaved like any girl her age, with the innocent joy of life that only a child can have. I thought to myself, “How can my relations in Israel oppress her relations in Palestine? How can they?”Perhaps one day Palestinians and Israelis will be able to invite each other into their homes to share their food, and their dreams and their love for their children.

Irving Lewis, Rogers Park

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