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June 15, 2014

LETTERS: 'Protecting' marriage; EPA mustn't ignore Hoosiers

Protecting marriage by denying it to gays

Madelynn Taylor served our nation in the U.S. Navy. She was kicked out because she was gay when our nation didn’t tolerate gay people in the military. She wanted to be buried with the ashes of the woman she had loved and entered into a marriage with in another state, unfortunately not recognized in Idaho: Jean Mixner, now deceased.

While Taylor earned the right to be buried in Idaho Veterans Cemetery, she had received an honorable discharge later on from the military, her request was denied because of Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriages. When supporters of the ban campaigned for it, they didn’t use examples like this couple. They stated they were “protecting” marriage. How so?

Is this denial protecting anyone’s marriage? The idea that you protect marriage by denying it to others doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Mixner and Taylor are just one of millions of couples who don’t want to deny anyone else in love the right and ability to marry. Marriage equality for gay couples effects no one but themselves and those who love them.

If someone wants to continue to be anti-gay, fine, but the government shouldn’t be anti-gay itself. Organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign work to support the right and ability of gays and lesbians to marry the person they love. They don’t want to deny opponents of marriage equality the right to marry, they (as do I) just want the same rights for everyone to marry the person they love.

Jerome McCollom

Kokomo

EPA mustn’t ignore Hoosier families

Last fall, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy embarked on a national listening tour to gather feedback on possible new energy regulations. Notably absent from her itinerary was Indiana or any other Midwest state that generates a high percentage of electricity from coal.

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