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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 11:37 pm | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Nov. 2, 2012

To the editor:

Marriage is just a word, isn’t it? According to eLook.org, the definition of marriage is “the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce).” Nowhere in that definition did it say a marriage is strictly between a man and a woman.

Why should people be allowed to debate about who should have the right to be married? I think that instead of focusing on the genders of couples, we should be focusing on what really matters and that is the love shared between those two people. Everyone should be granted the right to love no matter who it is.

The definition of discrimination is “unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories or people or things.” Not allowing same-sex couples to get married contradicts the equality this country supposedly stands for.

One out of every 10 people are homosexual; it seems perfectly normal to me. Is it normal to you? So, who determines what normal is? What if the normal marriage was same-sex marriage, but you were in love with someone of the opposite sex? Would you fight to be able to marry that person?

Someday, I would like to live in a world where people can openly admit to being gay without feeling oppressed or scared of the reaction. Someday, I would like to live in a world where families will not abuse their child for being homosexual. Someday, I would like to live in a world where homophobia ceases to exist. Someday, I would like to live in a world where a same-sex marriage can occur without any fuss from religion and/or politics.

The word marriage should not be as big of an issue as people are making it. How disappointed and heartbroken would you be if someone told you that you couldn’t marry the person you love? I’d be quite heartbroken. Equality is what is important. So I ask of you guys, next time you see a homosexual couple walking down the street, accept them; don’t jump on the abuse bandwagon, because all this world needs is a little bit of love.

Jordan Lizotte

Fairbanks

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