Tags: dear abby | gay | neighbors

Dear Abby Tells Couple Unhappy With Gay Neighbors to Get Over It

Image: Dear Abby Tells Couple Unhappy With Gay Neighbors to Get Over It The late Pauline Phillips, right, known as advice columnist Dear Abby, and daughter Jeanne Phillips,

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 11:33 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Dear Abby, the renowned advice columnist, laid into a Florida couple this week after they wrote in and complained about their gay neighbors.

In the letter signed "Unhappy in Tampa," the husband and wife wrote about moving to Florida from a conservative community last year. They said they quickly made friends with their new neighbors and were soon welcomed into their social circle, which included two gay couples.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

But when it came time for "Unhappy" to host their own party, they did not invite the same-sex couples because they don't "approve of their lifestyle choices."

"Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots!" the letter, posted by Yahoo News, read. "I don't feel we should have to compromise our values just to win the approval of our neighbors. But really, who is the true bigot here?"

Dear Abby lashed back, saying that "a person's sexual orientation isn't a 'lifestyle choice.'"

"Gay people don't choose to be gay; they are born that way," Jeanne Phillips, the current author of the syndicated advice column, wrote. "They can't change being gay any more than you can change being heterosexual."

"From where I sit, you may have chosen the wrong place to live because it appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do," the response continued. "But if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here. Please don't blow it."

The Dear Abby column became a forum for the public discussion of private problems when Pauline Phillips launched it in 1956. Under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, Phillips offered up smart, tart-tongued advice that rang true for millions of people in hundreds of newspapers around the world. Her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, took over the column unofficially in 1987 and officially in 2000. Pauline Phillips died last January.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved