Legislation has no place in matters of the heart

The times of holding certain classes of citizens from equal rights must end, and should have ended long ago. Our country is a free society that is the model of the world. As we shame and look down upon other nations that mistreat different sexes, beliefs or religions, we forget that, right here in this great state, the Legislature is doing the exact same thing.

If you are not a believer of same-sex commitments and marriage, I encourage you to not partake in one. However, there are numerous laws on the books that do not pertain to a majority of citizens; for those that the laws do pertain to, they are of the utmost importance.

Partisanship and legislation has no place in matters of the heart. If you are a legal-age consenting adult who wishes to share life with another legal-age consenting adult, who are we to make laws forbidding this action? We are speaking of two adults, not the insanity of what allowing same-sex marriage could result in according to several politicians and radio personalities. If this were the case, I don't see any legislation barring heterosexual men or women from attempting any of these atrocities as they have been reported against the LGBT community.

Every person, group and organization has a right to believe as they believe but it is inappropriate for those groups to dictate legalities for other groups. Believe what you believe and allow equal rights to not only apply to you but to all citizens.

— Nathan Shook
Swannanoa

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