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MARRIAGE: Why that one word is so important

Letter by Sue Redkey, Gig Harbor on Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | No Comments »
October 2, 2012 1:18 pm

Re: “R-74 fight about one word, thousands of details” (TNT, 9-23).

I was offended by Bob Higley’s assertion that homosexuals are “never just satisfied with where they are.” Is he suggesting that people who are not just like him, like my daughter and her partner, should be satisfied being treated as second-class citizens, being denied some of the privileges to which he is entitled?

They are just like any other two people who fall in love and want to share their lives, committing to be there for one another in good times and hard times, creating a loving, stable home for themselves and their children. Like their neighbors, they own a house, they go to work, they pay taxes, they grow herbs in their garden, they volunteer in the community. And they want to be married, which in every sense they are – except legally.

Higley also complains that, “After they had all the benefits of marriage, now they want the word marriage as well.”

Apparently Higley is not aware that no same-sex couples in any of our 50 states “have all the benefits of marriage,” because they are still excluded from the more than 1,000 federal rights, benefits, responsibilities and protections afforded “married” couples. That’s why the word “marriage” is so important.

Allowing my daughter to legally wed in no way denies other individuals and religious groups the right to recognize or celebrate unions according to their own traditions. I urge voters to pass Referendum 74 and secure marriage equality in Washington state.

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