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Don’t redefine marriage

This spring the Legislature passed SB 6239, changing the definition of marriage from male and female to two “persons.” This denies the uniqueness of the man-woman relationship. It ushers in same-sex marriage. It tramples on centuries of best practice in the family unit.

Why pass SB 6239? I gained an insight when I recently read a quote by recently deceased Paula Ettelbrick, law professor and homosexual activist. “Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality and family; and, in the process, transforming the very fabric of society. We must keep our eyes on the goals of providing true alternatives to marriage and of radically reordering society’s view of reality.”

Redefining marriage may serve Ettelbrick’s goals, but it does not serve our state well. It does not bring clarity, but rather a distortion of reality. If readers agree, they should sign Initiative 1192 ( or 509-435-8870). This will let the voters in November confirm what Washington declared in 1998 when our Defense of Marriage Act was first adopted.

Carolyn Jacobs


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