America needs and has always aspired to one religiously neutral set of laws for all its people. Though it is a great offense to Allah, we don't use civil law to enforce sharia. It would be intolerable to most Americans and violate our principles to ban bacon on a religious basis. Yet, in Referendum 74 you are being asked to vote against equal marriage rights for our lesbian and gay family members on precisely the same basis.
We must stand up for religious freedom in our country by not codifying religious preference into law, and that is all this is. It may seem distressing and new that same-sex couples should want to marry. But they are adults simply desiring to marry whom they wish. They deserve that right under our Constitution. This was reaffirmed 45 years ago this June, in the Supreme Court's decision that authenticated the right of interracial couples to marry. If that right didn't exist, there wouldn't be a movement to change constitutions at both the state and national level to ban same-sex marriage.
Please vote for Referendum 74, to preserve families, to preserve the sacredness of each person's chosen religion and to avoid expensive and futile court battles trying to coerce a particular religious point of view on everyone. It is the right thing to do.
IVAR HUSA, Richland