Marriages should not be put to vote

November 3, 2006
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Marriage equality has helped many families and hurt no one. Massachusetts families headed by same-sex couples deserve the same legal protections as all other families.

Legislators should vote down the proposed constitutional amendment restricting marriage to heterosexuals because it’s wrong to take people’s rights away. Marriage is a personal commitment between two people, and it’s wrong to put people’s marriages up for a vote.

It’s wrong to write discrimination into the Constitution. The Massachusetts Constitution should protect people’s rights — not take them away.

It’s time to move on. Massachusetts legislators have already voted on marriage between same-sex couples 16 times. It’s time to move on to other important issues like education, health care and the Big Dig.

Tarin Patrick
Jamaica Plain