Letter to the editor: Support the Respect for Marriage Act in Kentucky

It’s time to start enhancing the future and lives of the people of Kentucky, and that means for everyone. Equal rights are a social justice issue, not a religious one.

The Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal.”

It’s time we start seeing these equal rights in the area we live.

There are only eight out of 50 states that allow legal civil unions between same-sex couples; Kentucky is not one of them.

In 2004, social conservatives scored a lopsided victory as Kentuckians overwhelmingly voted in favor of a proposed amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.

Kentuckians agreed that “God’s Law” made marriage legally recognized between only a man and a woman.

It’s likely, though, that the public sentiment on the issue has changed. Citizens no longer feel as strongly that same-sex marriage compromises the legitimacy of traditional marriage.

Instead, more and more people are realizing this vulnerable population has been unfairly oppressed for years.

The security and confidence these couples would gain if the Respect for Marriage Act, a reform currently under review that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, passes is unmeasurable.

For this reason, if you have even an ounce of respect for society as a whole, you will become a public advocate for this cause.

By publishing support for the repeal of DOMA, you will be reaching a biased, uneducated group of people who still believe same-sex union is wrong based on prejudiced and illogical motives.

By Jason Muzzillo and Rachel Rogal