Annie Capestany's letter in support of Referendum 74 argues that "it's just a battle over a word" and "words are very powerful" and R-74 will, for the sake of equality and respect, give gays the right to use and embrace that word -- marriage.
She further argues that said law would reach out to everyone, including that gay kid who feels worthless and is considering suicide. I would think that the ability to "marry" would have little effect on the well-being of a gay child.
But, be that as it may, Ms. Capestany is wrong to suggest that R-74 reaches out to "everyone" as it, in fact, disenfranchises traditional marriages between a man and a woman. It is not just about the word -- it's not just about gays joining in on the use of that word -- marriage. It is totally about redefining marriage.
It eliminates traditional marriage between a man and a woman and in its place everyone is defined as a spouse -- spouse No. 1 and spouse No. 2 (gender is eliminated). There are other consequences of R-74, besides the fact that it fails to recognize that marriage is a sacrament established by God and that this sanctity of marriage is and will always be between a man and a woman. It further would impose penalties against those who refuse to recognise or accept gay marriages as defined in the act. There is also the problem as to what our schools would teach our kids about parents and family.
On the same day that Ms. Capestany wrote her letter there was an article written by a Seattle Times columnist indicating that children probably wouldn't be subjected to such a discussion (that man marrying man is perfectly normal) because when "the topic of family comes up, marriage is not all that central to it anymore. So looking out over his or her class, a teacher isn't likely to see much relevance in bringing up marriage, period."
If this guy is correct you can see how far the bulwark of our society -- family and marriage -- has been eroded. So liberals don't see any problem in the further erosion of the family through R-74.
Let's tell Olympia that we still believe in the sanctity of marriage and a family that is best for a child and our society is one that has a mom and a dad as parents. Reject R-74 and Rep. Maureen Walsh along with it.