To the editor:

"I'd like to get a license for.."

HUNTING

Man: "I'm gay, and I'd like a hunting license please."

State: "Being gay doesn't matter. Are you a convicted felon, murderer, habitual drug user, drunk, or fugitive?"

Man: "No."

State: "Here's your license."

FISHING

Man: "I'm gay, and I'd like a fishing license please."

State: "Being gay doesn't matter. Are you a convicted felon, murderer, habitual drug user, drunk, or fugitive?"

Man: "No."

State: "Here's your license."

HANDGUN

Man: "I'm gay, and I'd like a handgun license please."

State: "Being gay doesn't matter. Are you mentally ill, a convicted felon, murderer, habitual drug user, drunk, or fugitive?"

Man: "No."

State: "Here's your license."

DRIVING

Man: "I'm gay, and I'd like a driver's license please."

State: "Being gay doesn't matter. Are you blind, deaf, have any prior convictions for DUI, or had your license suspended for evading taxes, moving violations, speeding, or any other reason?"

Man: "No."

State: "Here's your license."

MARRIAGE

Man: "I'd like a marriage license please. I am a blind and deaf, mentally ill convicted felon, murderer, habitual drug using drunk who has multiple DUI's, had my driver's license permanently revoked, and I have never paid taxes in my life!"

State: "Oh, none of that matters. But.. are you gay?"

Man: "Yes."

State: "Sorry, you can't have one!"

Think about that...

Paul Hammond

Madison