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MARRIAGE: Time to do the right thing

Letter by C.M. Russell, Tacoma on Aug. 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | 25 Comments »
August 29, 2012 3:01 pm

Soon the voters of the great state of Washington will be asked to pass Referendum 74. My family and I have a very personal stake in this.

It was November 1989 when I met my wife at the last place I ever expected, a bar. Little did I know I’d just met the person I’d spend the rest of my life with. We had both just lost a parent and instantly understood the other’s pain.

Through the years, we watched celebrities, lawmakers and the average person go through “quickie marriages and divorces” without a hint of remorse or sadness. Yet here we are – two houses, six cars, too many pets to remember and 23 years later – and we still can’t be recognized as “married.”

We are raising our son together. She stood by my side as I carried him nine-plus months and had to “legally” adopt him to have her name placed on his birth certificate. We pay taxes, we own our home, work full time, pay medical costs –  just like the next citizen in this state.

When we took our vows in 1994, “we forsaked all others.” We take our vows seriously, unlike so many these days. We deserve the right to be married in the eyes of the law. We deserve that option, that right.

Come on, Washington, it’s the right time to do the right thing. Please pass R-74, for the future of this state’s great citizens.

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