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Imagine for a moment not being able to be lawfully married to your spouse in today’s society. Imagine your significant other not having the ability to make any influential decision on your property when you are gone. What would happen if your loved one was denied the ability to be respected in his or her decision of your health care in the event you were to become incapacitated? What about your children, not being given to your other half to be raised by the person you love, trust and rely on?

I couldn’t imagine that, if I were to become ill, my partner could not have a say in my best wishes or have the right to our shared property. I cringe in disgust at the thought. What about if I told you that if you serve in the military and are caught having any kind of relationship with your loved one, including but not limited to talking on the phone or being seen with your loved one in any romantic way, that you would no longer be considered an “honorable soldier” and would be discharged without any of the benefits promised to you by the U.S. government? This is a reality for many homosexual couples.

Somewhere along the way, we as Americans have seriously detached ourselves from the literal terms in which we speak. Take a moment and step back. Placing aside any preconceived notions, look at the real issues when equal rights for homosexuals are addressed.

Kristina Wilenski
Holladay

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