I'm writing to acknowledge last week's thoughtful letter from Margaret Amick about marriage equality and the benefits and rights same-sex couples would receive if they could also be legally married.
What many folks don't take into consideration, though, is the love and commitment of many same-sex couples and the many years they have been together, sharing a life much like other folks: paying bills, buying houses, raising children, seeing grandchildren born, putting down a companion pet, visiting relatives, sharing holidays, and yes, even arguing over who puts out the garbage.
All we want is to be able to stand, hand-in-hand, in front of our friends and family and celebrate our commitment to each other and have the same legal recognition as everyone else.
Much like Margaret Amick, I don't see how this will affect your marriage, the 'institution' of marriage, or the 'ideal' of marriage. Some will be long-lived, some will not. Some will be blissful, others may sour. Kind of like most marriages, don't you think?
For more thoughtful conversations about this and other human dignity issues, join the Tillamook County Citizens for Human Dignity every second Tuesday, 6-8 pm, for a potluck at the Tillamook Library.