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Marriage should not be a state's right issue
Published 9/27/2012 6:00:00 AM
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Letter to the Editor: 

I would like to support and emphasize certain portions of Leah Baird's piece on Referendum 74.

Baird brings up a study by The Williams Institute.

This is not the only study to come to the same conclusion. A number of studies have concluded same-sex households to actually rate better than traditional households due to extremely rigorous adoption procedures.

The end result of all of these imposed regulations make adoptive parents among the most qualified of all of us to be parents.

I would also like to support the need to view marriage equality in a non-religious fashion.

Marriage has acted as a legal construct for centuries and while in the past laws and governments would be based on religion the same is not true for the United States. The First Amendment in our Constitution makes it clear that the government should not base laws around religion.

While some may want to view marriage equality as a state's rights issue, the Constitution is the highest law of the land and it overrides state law.

Marriage equality is based entirely around the equal rights the Constitution guarantees and religious beliefs should play no part in this. Marriage equality will not force any religion to marry same-sex couples, it only means their marriages are recognized as legal and valid.

 

Regards,

Derek Held

Pullman Resident

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Posted: 9/29/2012 1:54:35 PM

Michael Johnson Jr



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