To the editor:
Liberty and Justice for all? When elected officials talk about Gay marriage, they are NOT talking about forcing Churches to marry gay couples.
Our government, over the years, has passed laws that deny over 1000 rights to gay couples, while granting these same rights to all other American Citizens. Legislators have written terms like "spouse" and "married" into our laws that deny these rights to gay couples.
Many of us take for granted that if only one person in a marriage works and pays Social Security while the other manages the home and children, after age 65, if the worker dies, the surviving spouse is entitled to Social Security. Gay couples don't get those rights.
What about tax exemptions on the home sales? It's the same problem; married couples get a $500,000 deduction while gay couples only get a $250,000 deduction. The list goes on and on, law after law, denying rights for estate taxes, retirement benefits, health insurance, tax exemptions, family medical leave, hospital visitation and many more.
We are the land of freedom and equality yet one group of our citizens bears an additional financial and emotional burden.
We must grant gay U.S. citizens the same rights as other citizens. Churches will still have the right NOT to wed gay couples. Since our legislation has done the damage of putting the terms "spouse" and "marriage" into our laws, it is only fair that we use the term "marriage" to provide equal rights to gay couples. We must right this wrong and give equal freedoms to all citizens of the United States of America.
I am a combat decorated veteran and I fought for freedoms of ALL of the citizens of the United States of America.
Candidate for Congress, CD-19