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Letter: Legislators should vote 'Yes' for gay marriage

To the editor,

The state legislature will soon vote on a bill that would expand the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. We hope our legislators will vote yes. We've been married for over 53 years. In that time together we have walked with one another through the ups and downs of life.

Without a doubt, we are stronger together than we would be apart. Why would we want to deny any loving, committed couple the opportunity to take responsibility for and support each other as we have for all these years? Some say their religion teaches that gays and lesbians should be excluded from marriage. At our church, we understand that God is still speaking, and continues to reveal new things to us today. In the last several years, members of our congregation have felt God calling us to accept gays and lesbians and welcome them fully in our church. We see the love of God reflected in the love shared by same-sex couples who worship with us every Sunday.

We hope that someday soon the welcome these people feel in our church will be extended more broadly. It's time for our state to recognize the love and commitment shared by gay and lesbian couples. They just want what the rest of us have: the opportunity to fall in love, get married, and build a life together. We urge our lawmakers to vote yes for same-sex marriage.

-Ken and Karen Cordes