Marriage in societal traditions is acknowledged as the foundation of civilization. It has long been recognized that the stability of society depends on the stability of family life in which a man and a woman conceive and nurture new life.
The basic family unit consisting of the marriage between a man and a woman is fundamental for the educational process and development of both individuals and states. This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine this natural, fundamental family structure, threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.
Washington state’s present law defining marriage as “a civil contract between a male and a female” is grounded in reason and the experience of society. It recognizes the value of marriage as a bond of personal relationships, but also in terms of the unique and irreplaceable potential of a man and woman to conceive and nurture new life, thus contributing to the continuation of the human race.
Unfortunately, many of our legislators mindlessly followed the false notions of their party and enacted a statute that will no longer recognize the unique and important family structure, thereby adding to the forces already undermining family life today.
As a result, I urge registered voters to sign and support Referendum 74 and Initiative 1192, which will overturn this naive and harmful action, and defend the current legal definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.