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Vote for equality in marriage

Posted: November 1, 2008 3:27 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.
 
I don’t know Nicole Pyburn of Castaic who wrote the Letter to the Editor on Oct. 24 (“Don’t we Christians eat pork?”) but I know she’s my new hero.

How inspiring to hear a Christian perspective that embodies what I consider should be non-negotiable Christian values of integrity, acceptance and tolerance.

That Pyburn would publicly declare her intention to vote no on Proposition 8 and her willingness to interpret the Bible with some latitude took courage on her part. I am certain many of her fellow Christians do not agree with her, so I applaud her decision to go out on a limb.

I will most emphatically vote no on Proposition 8 as a civil rights issue. I see equality in marriage as one of a succession of civil rights struggles that we as a society have tackled over many generations.

If we fail to allow equality in marriage, we are taking a huge step backward. One of those commercials endorsing Proposition 8 says “It’s going to happen whether you like it or not.”

I’d rather say, “It’s going to happen and it’s about time!”

I hope you find it in your heart to join Nicole Pyburn, my husband, my newly registered 18-year-old twins, my 82-year-old mother, my 83-year-old aunt, most of my friends and co-workers (both gay and straight), and me in voting no on Proposition 8 on Nov. 4.

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