High court ruling affirms equality

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Wednesday my husband, Mark, and I held our heads high, but no more than the day before. Our smiles however, were a bit more pronounced. Our eyes a bit brighter and our hearts have grown a bit larger.

I, for one, have always held my head high because I knew I was never less than any other American citizen.

Wednesday the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans are equally afforded protections and benefits, without exception under the 14th Amendment. The equal protection clause — one nation under God with liberty and justice for all. We are not there completely, but getting a whole lot closer!

The wisdom of the majority of the Supreme Court and the ever-present love from my extended family, friends, neighbors is so appreciated.

Today I extend to those who continue to look at me or other LGBT American citizens as less, an invitation to start anew. To choose understanding as opposed to misunderstanding. To see what is, not preconceptions. To defeat fear and instead embrace reality. To bury bigotry and stereotypes. To not look for differences, but instead celebrate and enjoy our shared American values. To move forward together for a more perfect union.

From now on it would be cool to be referred to as just your neighbors, your friends, the guys on the corner. We do not need the preface of the “gay guys.”

No hate!

Walla Walla is a place for everyone!

Kevin Patterson-Sluga

Walla Walla

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Comments

ImJustSayin says...

Get married or don't, I don't much care. In fact, you'll help out with the budget when you check "married" on the tax return only to find out how much more you'll pay than when you were single.

The problem I and most Americans have is that if we disagree with your lifestyle, then we're the ones who are "misunderstanding", we are in "fear", we don't "embrace reality", and we are buried in "bigotry".

I would tread more lightly. There's more tolerance than there is acceptance.

Posted 29 June 2013, 6:46 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

You have my 'lifestyle'; how I conduct myself at home, work and with my family; Husband, siblings and my daughter and grandkids confused with my sexual orientation.
They are not the same.
I'm gay, you're straight? What gives....... So what.
Marriage Equality is coming 'round soon. More citizens support and understand the reality of commitment and love regardless if it is between gay or straight Americans.
Bigotry is something all together different, too. Some people really are very bigoted against gays, women, minorities you name it.
The reality that I embrace means the diversity of this great nation in all it's forms.
Some find this scary and fear it.
Personally I love it! We are a nation often regarded as The Melting Pot.
In Canada where I lived in Quebec and British Columbia, we are fondly regarded as A Mosaic of Many. So as I see it-
If you are only tolerant of me because I'm gay,o be it. That is your choice of which I accept. I can't, believe me- I won't loose sleep over it!
It is certainly however, not my lifestyle. You are getting these two mixed up. My lifestyle; yours, anyone's is how they live, work etc. My sexual orientation is who I am, like being attracted to other males. My Husband would be the simple answer. I have ton's of female friends, some I love dearly. I'm just suggesting, but I think if you looked at me or my relationship or any other gay or heck straight couple as your own.......your own experience...it would make life perhaps a bit smoother. For you. For me. I'll do the same.

Posted 30 June 2013, 1:50 p.m. Suggest removal

NewInWW says...

Take out the air quotes, and I think you're pretty much dead on: "we're the ones who are misunderstanding, we are in fear, we don't embrace reality, and we are buried in bigotry."

No one is telling Christians to be gay married; we're just asking that they not be total dicks about those who are or want to. Providing flowers for a "gay" wedding isn't endorsing gay marriage, it's just providing flowers.

Posted 30 June 2013, 9:22 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

Huh, really. Get a Life. Sorry. Really. New from where........?
I have no fear. Sorry your negative try here won't work.

Posted 30 June 2013, 9:37 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

Just a reality check, let's see who can figure this one out!
I think you are much smarter than the 'usual suspects' that jump on so many of us. This will be interesting to see who jumps, I mean pounces first!.........I know they are chomping at the bit.
Really (not you) the siders, like jumper spiders, who's first? Come on .....

Posted 30 June 2013, 9:42 p.m. Suggest removal

ImJustSayin says...

Too funny. You're the one chomping at the bit. You can't wait to "pounce" on anyone who disagrees with you and in your lather, you turn on one of your own.

Posted 1 July 2013, 7:59 a.m. Suggest removal

NewInWW says...

Dial it back and re-read. I was quoting ImJustSayin and suggesting that he really is misunderstanding, living in fear, failing to embrace reality, and buried in bigotry.

Did you actually read what I posted or simply assume I was anti-gay? That's not going to serve you well.

Posted 30 June 2013, 9:47 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

Wow, messed up reading you. I apologize and stand corrected.
When I re-read after I posted I felt so stupid. Now I can say welcome to WW.

Posted 1 July 2013, 3:12 p.m. Suggest removal

ImJustSayin says...

Can someone get a translator to explain what the hell this person is talking about??

Posted 1 July 2013, 8:02 a.m. Suggest removal

VinoTinto says...

Individuals and communities thrive when there is equality!

Posted 30 June 2013, 1:01 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

Right on. Yeah, well said!

Posted 30 June 2013, 4:22 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

I drink to that!

Posted 30 June 2013, 5:09 p.m. Suggest removal

PearlY says...

If you mean marriage equality between gays and straights, I'm not sure the concept has been around long enough to support that claim. And besides, if it should prove to be true, I think it would be a testiment to the concept of individual liberty, not the concept of group equality.

Posted 5 July 2013, 12:51 p.m. Suggest removal

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