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April 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gay marriage legalized in Iowa

When will Washington state catch up?

It is my hope that the four Washington State Supreme Court justices who voted against marriage equality in 2006 (versus three who supported it) will feel chastened and embarrassed that a heartland state (where I lived for two-and-a-half years) has proved more enlightened than us, who pride ourselves on being progressive [“Gay marriage wins in All-American Iowa,” page one, April 4].

This ruling is very much like the overturning of miscegenation laws 40 to 50 years ago. Fair and forward-looking jurists like those of Massachusetts, Connecticut, California and Iowa interpreted their constitutions to their most expansive and proper applications and should be proud of their legal judgments.

Others, like the four in Washington state, should be taken to task for a ruling that denies equal protection under the law and relegates real families with children to something less than full members of society.

In a few years, marriage equality will be a no-brainer issue in this country, as it is in the Netherlands, Canada and other enlightened nations. How much longer do we have to wait for equality to apply to everyone in Washington state? How much longer do we have to wait until the un-American Defense of Marriage Act will be abolished by our elected representatives in Washington, D.C.?

— Leo N. Egashira, Seattle

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