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November 17, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Same-sex marriage

Look at it another way

Any gay couple seeking the approval of this judgmental, divorce-ridden society is making a big mistake. Pass whatever law you’d like. My 18-year relationship is not for sale and not in competition with you. We’re “married” by any common definition of the word and we don’t need your approval, your paper or your blessing.

That said, California’s Proposition 8 has definitely caught the national attention of thousands of gays, lesbians and their supporters. Clearly, making an entire segment of society “sit at the back of the bus” is not going to stand the test of time. I don’t care how narrow you are, you have to see that such laws are doomed to go the way of segregation. It’s just a matter of time.

It’s perplexing why a progressive state like California would vote this way. Statistically speaking, gays and lesbians have the largest disposable incomes. Forbes estimates the market for gay “unions” at $16.8 Billion. If California doesn’t want that money, perhaps Washington should wake up to it. Aren’t we down about $3 billion or so?

Hey Gov. Christine Gregoire, I’ve got the answer to your budget shortfall: We just have to stop being hypocrites.

— Randy Sampson, Seattle

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