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Opposed to R-74 on November ballot

Referendum 74 wants us to redefine marriage. Never mind that domestic partnerships in our state already receive all the same legal benefits that traditional marriage provides.

Disregard that genderless marriage will encumber our language, since gender-based relational words won’t be viable terms anymore: imagine Mom, Dad, Husband and Wife becoming Parent 1 or 2, or Spouse 1 or 2. Forget about the complexities of sex education in public schools under this new definition. Overlook the best interests of children and future generations. Because, say proponents, the bottom line is all about me — what I want trumps those other considerations.

Gender is an essential part of identity. Asking us to ignore it to supposedly ensure the psychological comfort of a few is going overboard — psychological comfort can’t be provided through legislation. We have already shown compassion and acceptance in passing the “Everything but Marriage” law we currently have. Nothing will be gained from passing this law, and much will be lost.

Reject R-74.

R. LaMar
Poulsbo

 

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