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April 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Gay marriage

Don’t fear equality

Domestic partnerships are a start — a good start — toward true equality under the law for all families. Now, let’s take the next step together. Following in the footsteps of Iowa, Vermont and D.C. [“Gay marriage wins in All-American Iowa,” page one, April 4] [“Vermont lifts drive for gay marriage,” page one, April 8], let Washington join the vanguard, and give all couples — straight or gay — full marriage equality.

In these uncertain times, when people are losing jobs or taking lesser ones, when medical benefits are scarce, when children are frightened and parents are worried, let us wrap all families in the security, the protection, the responsibilities and the rights that come from true marriage equality.

Please don’t listen to the lies and the fear. Please listen to the commitment, the respect and the love my gay and lesbian friends have for each other and their children. Please support full, true, legal equality for gays and lesbians who wish to marry.

— Kathy Byrd, Seattle

Strengthening families helps everyone

Every day, my family is supported by state and federal protections that were granted to my husband and me on our wedding day almost six years ago. Laws relating to property ownership allowed us to buy a home together; those concerning parental rights have supported our ability to raise children.

There are many examples, but the point is that we can contribute to our community because our community has supported and stabilized our family. Why only some families deserve the support of their government is beyond me.

Marriage is under assault from people who don’t take it seriously when they enter into it, not from those who have been fighting their whole lives to obtain it.

Those who oppose rights for same-sex couples need to look beyond their own childish squeamishness and realize that strengthening families –all families — helps everyone.

— Liz Bromley, Issaquah

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