-- TOM and DEBRA JOHNSON, Richland
Same-sex marriage is fundamentally a civil rights issue. Denying a group of American citizens their rights based on exclusionary factors including gender and race has repeatedly been struck down as unconstitutional. Same-sex marriage is no different. Opponents of R-74 say it violates their freedom of religion; however this law preserves the right of churches to refuse to perform or recognize these marriages. The violation is to the millions of American citizens that want the most fundamental right of all other Americans but are denied this right based on gender. Most people view the day of their marriage as one of the happiest of their lives. When the U.S. Constitution guarantees "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," how can this fundamental right be denied to a millions of Americans? Vote "Yes" on Referendum 74.