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November 22, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Same-sex marriage

Demand equality

I’m 47 years old. The civil-rights movement of the 1960s was as familiar to me as the Flintstones and Barbie. I watched as women and minorities stood up and said, “We are equal and demand equality.”

While I am proud to be able to share the excitement of the civil-rights movement with my teenage daughter as we march side by side for the equal rights of same-sex couples to marry, I am dismayed that the GLBT [Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender] community has been marginalized for so long. I stand by this community as it, too, stands up to say “We are equal and demand equality.”

Each of us deserves to be treated fairly and have the same chance to realize our hopes and dreams. As important as the progress on domestic partnerships has been, they don’t provide the same security as marriage, and are used as a way to treat people as second-class citizens.

Even if we disagree on marriage, that doesn’t mean it should be illegal. It is not for us to judge other people.

— Deborah Skorstad, Seattle

Keep them separate

As a solution to the issues of equality and civil union vs. marriage, I suggest that all consenting, non-related adults wishing to have the privileges of health decisions, inheritance, etc. apply for and legally obtain a civil union. This would be an entirely secular procedure.

Those desiring a marriage in addition to the civil union may do so in accordance with their religion/church/personal-belief system. This would be an entirely personal choice. Keeping civil unions and marriages separate would fulfill our governmental concept of separation of church and state.

Equality could be achieved by all via the civil union.

— Dorothy Malinski, Lynnwood

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