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MARRIAGE: Support freedom and pass same-sex marriage

Letter by Erik Hovden, Olalla on Feb. 1, 2012 at 10:34 am with 12 Comments »
February 1, 2012 10:34 am

If you claim to support freedom, how could you be against gay marriage? In a free country, people should be able to marry anyone they want as long as that person also wants to marry them. People should be free to do as they wish as long as it does not cause harm to others. Gay marriage harms nobody.

We are not a free country. We are a country where there is freedom but with exceptions.

If you claim it will ruin the sanctuary of marriage your wrong. Half of all marriages end in divorce.

How can we go around the world and promote freedom with the barrel of a gun yet deny freedom right here at home?

Your personal views on it should not matter. If you claim to support freedom, then you should be for this.

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  1. ManuelMartini says:

    Thanks for your typo, Erik. Certain comments contend that the editors mess with the letters before publishing.

    Meanwhile, you’ll probably be tagged as “ehill”, for some obscure reason.

    Your letter is simple, direct and doesn’t leave much to be argued. Stay tuned.

  2. If you claim it will ruin the sanctuary of marriage your wrong

    Nice typo – many who claim to be defending the sanctity of marriage are looking for a sanctuary for their heterosexist biases.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    This is a typical If/And/Or argument that would receive nearly an F in any fifth grade paper. Only Yes/But posits are worse.

  4. commoncents says:

    Those who continue to crusade against the right for gays to legally marry and have said marriage recognized by all states and the Feds very well could win that battle. However, they should be careful…it just might end the the tax, insurance, social security, and other benefits that are attributed to said civil contracts.

  5. muckibr says:

    See next topic: MARRIAGE: Redefining marriage brings no new legal benefits

    Same arguments here will apply there.

    BTW, the statement “Half of all marriages end in divorce.” is not valid. That argument does not help justify anything to do with marriage, except perhaps marriage counseling.

  6. They did edit this letter. I also asked when we gave the government the right to deny people the right to gay marriage?

    Sense the only have the power we gave them in our constitution where on earth did the get the idea they could deny marriage to anyone?

    Also marriage is a religious ceremony. With separation of church and state, the government should not even recognize anyones marriage. We should to away with the tax credit for being married long ago.

  7. ManuelMartini says:

    ErikH – kinda comical that they edited content and not the typo, huh?

    Great letter anyway.

  8. muckibr says:

    ErikH, generally I agree with your letter, but…

    DON’T DO AWAY WITH THE MARRIAGE TAX CREDIT YET!

    Let’s not go getting rash here, and start talking about raising our taxes!!!

    (chuckle, chuckle!)

  9. Mukibr…we need to do away will every tax break on the books. They are unfair as they give one group something that they excluded from others. Were all supposed to be equal correct?

    And it would not be a tax increase at all. People would start paying more of their share.

    The first tax break we need to get rid of is the child tax credit. If you have kids you put more of a burden on the gooberment. More roads, schools, and cops. So why should one get a credit for that? Seems a fairer way would be to make people with kids pay more.

  10. Washington State Senate approves same-sex marriage bill

    Members of the gallery applaud as the Washington state Senate passes a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, Feb. 1, in Olympia, Wash. The measure now heads to the House, which is expected to approve it.

    By msnbc.com staff, King5.com and the Associated Press

    Senators voted 28-21 to approve a bill to legalize gay marriage in the state. Four Republicans crossed party lines and voted with majority Democrats for the measure. Three Democrats voted against it.

    The measure now moves to the House, where there is enough support for the bill to pass. Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will sign the bill if it makes it to her desk, Seattle TV station King 5 reported.

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/01/10294578-washington-state-senate-approves-same-sex-marriage-bill

  11. beerBoy says:

    I agree with Erik H – the tax system needs to be overhauled.

    As much as I enjoy being able to deduct the interest from my mortgage it really makes no sense that I should be able to deduct it from my taxable income.

    I don’t understand why the government is subsidizing procreation or marriage either.

  12. Oh, I completely agree with ErikH too, that ALL tax breaks should be removed, repealed, rescinded, retracted, whatever word you want to use, and that every single dollar every person earns should be taxed at the same flat rate for everyone.

    Now think about this:

    Assume that the Average American Worker makes about $50k a year. (That’s higher than what it really is, but it used to be about that much pre-recession.)

    We now know that Mitt Romney makes about $52k A Day just for sitting on his assets and collecting interest and dividends.

    That means that Mitt Romney, while paying the same exact Flat Rate as everyone else, which is FAIR, (Right?) would be actually paying the equivalent of 365 Average American Workers taxes. (Except in a Leap Year.)

    If you take all the ultra-rich guys like Romney, and have them all pay the same Flat Rate that everyone else pays on every dollar they earn, no deductions, no matter how that money is earned, and it’s all FAIR, because were’ all paying the same flat rate, then the U.S. could probably retire the debt and balance the budget after the first couple years of the Flat Fair Tax Rate!

    How’s that strike you?

    But, I’d still want same-sex couples to be able to get a government produced Marriage License/Certificate regardless of whether the tax rate is fair of not. Fair is fair!

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