In her letter "Gay marriage: A Catholic's dilemma" (April 21), the author seems to have a problem understanding the Catholic Church's view on gay marriage. It is a problem she shares with Gov.Martin O'Malleyand other Maryland Catholic politicians.
I am a Catholic who has gone to mass every Sunday for 60 years. The view of the church has never changed during that time. Marriage is between a man and a woman — not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. CardinalEdwin F. O'Brien's letter merely restated that position.
I believe that gays are entitled to the same rights as all other citizens, but they do not have the right to change a centuries-old institution that is supported by the majority of citizens. If gays want to join themselves in civil unions that confer the same legal rights as a marriage, that is not a problem.
But by definition, a civil union will never be a marriage. Catholics who cannot accept the church's position on this issue should try to find another church that will agree with their beliefs.
Stanley J. Glinka. Ellicott City