Allow same-sex couples to have civil marriage

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It is time to recognize that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to marry.

I've heard arguments that marriage is God-ordained, that the purpose of marriage is to promote procreation and that all heterosexual marriages will be harmed by allowing gay marriage. These arguments just don't hold water.

If you want a religious marriage, go ahead and get one; your right to do so will in no way be impeded by Referendum 74. Furthermore, churches will not be forced to perform gay marriages if this referendum passes.

The purpose of civil marriages, as recognized by the state of Washington, is to provide legal rights to its citizens. Same-sex couples deserve these rights too.

Vote "Approved" on Referendum 74.

Mark Beck

Walla Walla

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