ROBERT BENEDETTI, Richland
I am 69, and my emotional reason for supporting Referendum 74 is my daughter is gay. And, by the way, she holds two degrees, is a firefighter and everyone who knows her loves and respects her.
Emotions aside, senior citizens as a class of Americans need to ask ourselves a simple question: Didn't we abandon the "separate but equal" concept during the Civil Rights movement of the '60s and '70s? Remember the days when our black citizens were forced to sit at the back of the bus? Yes, they had a seat on the bus, but they were not equal.
Why are gays required to have their "marriage" rights protected under a "partnership law" and carry partnership identification, while everyone else is covered under a "marriage law?" Why two different laws for U.S. citizens?
Passage of R-74 takes nothing away from religious organizations. It gives equal rights to those who should already have them. Religions that don't support gay marriages can do whatever they want in their "religious ceremony," but our civil laws should be the same for all. As seniors, we should understand that "good" marriages are about love and commitment. One law for everyone.