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Same-sex marriage selfish

Washington citizens will vote in the November general election on Referendum 74 to reject or change the definition of marriage to make same-sex marriage legal.

Marriage defined since the dawn of time is the primary way of producing and caring for children by their mother and father.

Children are granted the security of being under the care of responsible adults for their health, well-being and education.

This legal arrangement protects children and provides stability in society. It is the primary reason that government regulates and licenses marriage in the first place. Marriage is the only intimate relationship that government regulates. Otherwise, people are free to pursue how they want to live without governmental regulation.

Same-sex marriage shifts from benefits to children and social stability to the desires of two adults. At the expense of our children, this height of selfishness will redefine marriage as a genderless institution where two men or two women will be called “married” with the force of law.

Same-sex couples already enjoy full legal equality in Washington. The Domestic Partnership Act – the “everything but marriage” law –was approved by voters in 2009 and provides full legal equality to same-sex couples.

David M. Wallace

Spokane



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