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October 3, 2012

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I urge all who are legally qualified to vote, but to vote informed.

Kenneth Crockett, Kokomo

 

Rights don’t depend on numbers

Some believe that since gays are a small minority, it does not matter if they have the right to marry the person that they love. Less than 2 percent of Americans are Jewish. Would they deny Jews a right to marry because they are such a small group?

Civil rights and liberty don’t go into effect, only when there is a minimum number of people like you being discriminated against. The fact is that the vast majority of supporters of gay rights and marriage equality are not gay themselves. They are the parents, friends, co-workers, pastors, brothers, sisters and cousins of gay men and women.

Or people who just believe in equality and justice for all. Yes, the majority of states have banned gays from marrying, but 40 states in their history have had bans on interracial couples from marrying.

Now, people commonly defend their anti-marriage equality position on religious grounds, but so did those who argued for bans on interracial marriages. Fortunately though, churches came to realize that interracial couples were not a threat, as they are coming to realize also now with marriage equality. Last year, polls showed for the first time that the majority of Americans supported marriage equality. Maine, Maryland and Washington will approve it this November and Minnesota will defeat an anti-gay marriage amendment at the same time. It’s our turn to do what is right and ensure that all Hoosiers have the right to marry the person that they have loved, sometimes for decades.

Colleen Rogers, Kokomo

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