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R-74: Issue is a matter of fairness

Letter by Shelly P. Cooper, Tacoma on Sep. 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm with No Comments »
October 1, 2012 10:46 am

I stood on the ladder in my mom’s bathroom with a paintbrush in my hand and listened to her in disbelief as she asked why I wanted to get married.

I was shocked that my mother was asking me why my partner and I wanted to get married. Wasn’t our domestic partnership good enough?

I explained legal marriage is another step toward national recognition. It is a desire to have rights outside the borders of Washington state. It is a matter of fair and equal taxation, and I have hoped to be married since the day I fell in love.

I asked my mother if she would have been fine with domestic partnership when she married 17 years ago. Would domestic partnership have held the same meaning for her as marriage?

Mom told me she would vote to approve Referendum 74 because of fair taxation. I hope she supports my freedom to marry because of the loving relationship my partner and I have.

People’s ideas change when they are exposed to the lives of others. Without the support of everyone, marriage for my partner and me will not be possible. I have tried hard to wait for what I believe should be my right as a responsible, tax-paying citizen. Should I continue to be penalized because of whom I love?

A vote to approve Referendum 74 extends freedom to marry to all Washingtonians.

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