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R-74: Measure isn’t about religion, reproduction

Letter by David Frederick Bart, Tacoma on Oct. 25, 2012 at 10:22 am with No Comments »
October 25, 2012 10:24 am

Referendum 74 is about human rights. It’s about the freedom of two adult persons to enter into a legal union that is equivalent to every other legal union in this state.

Heterosexual couples where one or more partner is infertile are allowed to marry, though they will never bear children. So this isn’t about reproduction.

Heterosexual couples where both persons are not religious are allowed to marry. So this isn’t about a religious definition of marriage. Many religions approve of marriage equality, and they should not have their rights to perform same-sex unions prohibited by law. So this isn’t an attack on religion either. If anything, it’s about empowering religious groups that do want to perform marriage rites with equal force of the law regardless of the gender combination of adults.

Voters are being asked to decide whether Washingtonians in same-gender relationships have the same citizenship status as those in opposite-gender relationships, whether they are equal before the law, whether their right to pursue happiness is just as valid as anyone else’s.

If you believe that we are all equal before the law, then you can only decide in the affirmative. Approve Referendum 74. Stand in the name of love.

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