Institution of marriage: An issue of human rights
April 17, 2009 · Updated 4:40 PM
In the 1950s and 1960s, conservatives argued that interracial union was a threat to the institution of marriage. Legalizing interracial marriage has not diminished or threatened our culture in any way. The institution improved, when it became accessible to more people.
In similar fashion, we will strengthen marriage by allowing it to include same-sex unions.
The fight against domestic partnership is not about protecting a societal institution; it is about denying people rights. Without a strong domestic partnership law, a partner could not make medical decisions on behalf of an ailing spouse, receive health benefits through their spouse’s employer, etc. This is not an abstract theological debate; it concerns real people and their basic human rights.
Two adults supporting each other through the practice of a lifelong committed relationship is a cause for celebration, whatever their sexual orientation may be. We will be writing our representatives to encourage them to pass the Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill, and we encourage others to do the same.
Rosa Blair and Grisha Krivchenia
San Juan Island
UPDATE: The bill passed the Legislature and now awaits approval from Gov. Chris Gregoire.