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September 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Personal stories: why Ref. 71 should be passed

A loving home, a life among discrimination

I will be voting to approve Referendum 71 to provide legal protections for couples and families like mine.

My same-sex wife — we were married in Canada — and I are raising two children. Our son is a special-needs child, and our daughter is an honor student who will be a high-school junior this year.

My wife and I co-own our home, have combined bank accounts and live as a married couple in every way. Our household of two kids, two cats, two fish and a yellow lab is a busy one, filled with love and laughter, joy and tears and is deserving of all of the protections and respect of any other.

I am a Metro transit operator, and my wife is an administrative registered nurse with a company providing assisted-living services. We abide by all of the laws of this state and country, pay our taxes and are responsible members of our community.

Despite this, when I was injured at work recently and opened a Labor and Industries claim, I was told my claim would be filed as single with no dependents and that I would be receiving a reduced benefit.

Not only are my wife and I being discriminated against in this instance but our children are as well. Please join me in making Washington a state that protects and respects all of its citizens.

— Nancy Suppe, Bothell

Let couples that stand a chance be married

I have managed to be married and divorced three times before turning 45. Thankfully, I knew I wasn’t good parent material so I avoided advancing that defective gene set. I’ve also managed to stay unmarried for 20 years and counting.

I am completely offended with the notion that extended rights for domestic partnerships is in any way a threat to me, any marriage I ever had or any marriage anyone else has had or may have.

I want to support and defend any couple that has the courage, commitment and optimism to get married. If their church doesn’t have an issue marrying same-sex partners, why should I? As for the state, it’s a civil-rights issue. Nothing more, nothing less!

My marriages should not be defended. They failed. I favor marriages that stand a chance.

Can we wake up with civility, humanity and basic human rights and see Referendum 71 for what it is?

— Sandy Person, Redmond

For the love of families, support extended partnership rights

Thanks for your editorial in support of all Washington families [“Basic fairness, equality for Washington families,” editorial, Sept. 2].

To voters who would deny me and my family equal rights, I’m not afraid to let you know who I am.

My partner and I met when we were Peace Corps volunteers 23 years ago. We’ve traveled the world together. We’ve cared for each other in illness, in job loss, in moves across the country. We’ve stood by each other when each of our fathers passed away. Our lives are about love, joy, laughing, dark chocolate and being good stewards of this world.

In our child-raising years, we’ve become part of communities that include gay and straight parents. We sit side by side at our kids’ talent shows — beaming with equal pride. We share advice and tips on the latest phase in our kids’ development. We go to our jobs or are looking for work. As a community we’ve come together to support each other in our greatest losses and unite for our shared concerns. What is gained by discriminating against any family?

For the love of all families, support equality. Now that it appears destined for the ballot, vote yes on Referendum 71.

— Cathie Bachy, Seattle

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