Letter — Basic human rights for everyone
May 5, 2003
Thank you for your thoughtful commentary entiltled, “Gays should not be treated differently.”
I am a lesbian. I am a taxpayer. I am a responsible professional. I am a blessed child of God. I have friends, family, and cats whom I adore. I have a wonderful partner to whom I have committed my life.
As an American I am subject to the same laws and taxes as any other American. I get no “special treatment” because I am a lesbian. Yet, as a lesbian, I am not afforded the basic human right of legal marriage to the person I love.
The Constitution guarantees all human beings the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is no disclaimer that reads, “unless you love someone of the same gender.” It is time that we, as a society, live according to our own Constitution and afford eveyone the same basic human rights.
South Lake Tahoe
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