Letter: Freedom gained by voting for beliefs

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I wish someone would explain to me why, if I vote against same-sex marriage, that is an act of hate. Signs that support rejecting Referendum 74, which will repeal the same-sex marriage law, have been disfigured with a stencil placed over the sign and sprayed with black paint to leave the words "Stop Hate."

I hope we still live in a country where we are free to vote how we see fit. Perhaps those tagging these signs should live in another country where the fear of voting is really strong. So to those who believe that my voting against same-sex marriage is an act of hate, I feel sorry for you. I vote the way I believe, not because I hate. That is why we call this a free country.

Paul E. Gage

Vancouver