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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

“Everything But Marriage” bill

Protecting the rights of the unpopular

In Sunday’s Times, Brian Travis of Lynnwood wrote a letter in which he labeled the supporters of same-sex marriage as “repulsive,” “strident” and attempting to “usurp” voters’ rights [“A perverse agenda,” Northwest Voices, Feb. 1].

It is discouraging to see how little our system of government is understood. Our judiciary system exists, in part, to protect the rights of the unpopular. Had we abided by the wishes of the majority of American voters at critical times in our past, racial desegregation, mixed-race marriages and women’s voting rights might still be illegal.

Fortunately, the Freedom Train doesn’t run backward. Our unelected judges will do their jobs, impartially, and the prohibition of same-sex marriage will ultimately be ruled by all states to be unconstitutional, because it is.

Each of my sons, gay and straight, shares the same responsibilities as citizens of this country. When will they all share the same rights?

— Tawney Collins-Feay, Tukwila

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