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R-74: Referendum isn’t really about marriage

Letter by Patricia A. Schumacher, University Place on Nov. 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | No Comments »
November 1, 2012 1:21 pm

Referendum 74 is not about marriage. Marriage recognizes the organic symbiotic nature of the physical relationship between male and female humans. Without the reproductive imperative implicit in this connection, marriage has no context. Even in the absence of offspring, this pairing conforms to our biology.

Referendum 74 is not about equality. If this was the case, it would recognize the union of any number or combination of individuals and would not be limited to those relationships that involve an intimate carnal act. No, Referendum 74 is not about love or commitment or fairness or romantic nuptials or “happy ever afters.” It is about money.

Same-gendered couples aspire to accessing financial perks that currently accrue to married status while those over 62 can live in a de facto marriage while gaming the Social Security system to their advantage for benefits they would not otherwise be entitled.

If we truly want to reform our relationship laws so that all are equal, the more sensible alternative is to abolish secular marriage and apply domestic partnership law to everyone who wants to form personal associations. This path respects religious sensibilities and liberties by letting each faith and denomination continue to vest marriage as their conscience dictates while in a legal sense it eliminates all distinction and discrimination as between the uniting parties.

Referendum 74 is a critically flawed idea. Much more discernment is necessary before we so drastically alter our social structure. Vote no on Referendum 74.

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