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posted Friday, February 10, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 06
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BILL WON'T PROTECT ALL PARTNERS

I am excited that the bill will be voted on tomorrow. I do have one concern about the bill. The bill will recognize a foreign domestic partnership (say from Idaho - one can dream can't they?) only for a year after a couple become residents of Washington state. People in domestic partnerships moving to Washington may believe that they are fully protected when they move here and they will not take the step of getting married here in Washington. This oversight on their part may be very costly to an individual who's partner dies in Washington state, say 15 months after moving to the state. What happens in that situation if the couple did not execute wills and the family of the deceased are hostile to same sex relationships? Doesn't this expose the surviving partner to the possibility of not inheriting the other partner's property. We know that many, many people do not have a will and rely on the protections provided by marriage and/or domestic partnership.

For Washington domestic partners who do not dissolve their partnership or get married, the law, under the marriage bill, will deem them married after a short implementation period. Why can't this protection be extended to couples coming from out of the state to live here? Couples who marry outside Washington state do not need to marry again when they move here, why should couples who created a legal relationship that approached marriage (but was not called that in their home jurisdiction for whatever reason) be denied the protection of our laws? I would hope that the legislature would correct this, either in this bill, or in subsequent legislation next year.

David Anderson



FEELINGS ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE


I have been thinking a lot about the Gay marriage bill and how the religious right is going to fight it. I have been doing some looking at how organized religion views we the GLBT minority as individuals and I am stunned to learn that the hate that the far right has was written in the one book that they profess to believe in. They want to hate, they need to hate. If they don't hate they are not good Christians. I find this aspect of religion repulsive. The God that I believe in does not allow the singling out of one small aspect of society to repress and hate. The religious right says that they love all, but I find that hypocritical when they profess to follow the word of God and that book states that the GLBT community is to be excluded from that love. The god that I know loves all and does not discriminate against anyone. And I challenge any person of the religious right to deny that their beliefs are based on the culture of love when that love is only given when the individual in question believes the way that they do. This does not allow for the freedom of expression and the freedom of speech or the freedom to live the life that you choose; not what someone else chooses for you. I was born Gay and I am a proud member of the GLBT community and I say that we have the right to live our lives as we see fit.

Repression by the religious right is a tool used to dictate how others are to believe and is responsible for all sorts of wars throughout the millennia of human history. If we bow down to the religious right and fail to fight for our rights we will be living a lie only to satisfy others who do not know how we live and function in society. All we want is to live our lives in peace.

God wants us to live life fully as upstanding citizens who can live in peace and happiness without the fear of retribution. You will be able to find out more information on how the religious right believes by searching the internet. I found gigabytes of info on the topic. Just Google 'how many organized religions are there in the world.' We, as proud citizens of the GLBT community, need to use this freely available information to our advantage somehow. I am not a politician or an activist but I do want to marry the person that I love in the near future.

In conclusion, I fully support the Gay marriage bill and I intend to vote for it this fall. I moved to this area to live a more fulfilling live as a Gay man and it is my hope that I will be able to soon without fear of retribution.

Eric Hall



MARRIAGE VS. DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS


What was Rosa Parks' problem? The back of that bus went to the same place as the front of the bus. And the water in the 'Whites Only' fountains was the same as the 'Colored'; it's all H2O! And that luncheonette food served at the tables tasted the same as the food served at the counters. Why couldn't Rosa Parks and Gays just be satisfied they were even let on the bus!

Why?

Greg Clinkingbeard



WE NEED A STATE BANK!


Washington state definitely needs a state bank like North Dakota has.

Many LGBT people are students, many are small business owners. Many are struggling like everyone else (except that 1%!) to keep themselves and their families afloat in today's menacing economy. A state bank (in this and every state) would be a boon and a blessing.

In ND, having a state bank has proved its worth over and over again! There is absolutely no need for extended 'studies' by 'committees' and blah blah blah blah blah!

NOW is the time to FLOOD YOUR LEGISLATORS with every means of communication to get this project off the ground! The same ones who are for marriage equality ought to be in support of a state bank, and along with equality, there is nothing at the state level more potentially beneficial to the community&.

Barbara Tomlinson

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