A recent letter to the editor suggested that same-sex marriage is like interracial marriage. But laws against interracial marriage were about keeping two races apart, so that one race could oppress the other, and that is wrong. Marriage is about bringing male and female together, so that children have mothers and fathers, and that is good.
Referendum 74 is an attempt to redefine marriage and remove the interests of children from the purpose of our marriage laws. Children deserve the best opportunity to be raised by a mom and a dad, and marriage is our best (and only) institution to encourage that result. Same-sex marriage activists believe that marriage exists only to satisfy the demands of adults, and that children have nothing to do with it.
Furthermore, when marriage is redefined there are profound legal consequences to anyone — businesspeople, parents, children, and clergy — if they disagree. With a quarter of a million signatures of Washington voters asking to bring the issue before the people, it is clear that Washingtonians want to preserve marriage from these activists who seek to radically redefine the institution of marriage.
Voting to reject R-74 gives Washington voters the ability to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman, sending a clear message to the politicians in Olympia that our state supports the current definition of marriage. Thirty-two states have voted on this issue, and all have voted in favor of traditional marriage. Washington will do the same.