Providing same-sex benefits is about fairness

Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2007

Over the past several weeks there have been numerous letters and media reports regarding the April 3 advisory vote in Alaska. Many of the letters have mistakenly argued that for the state to pay benefits to same-sex partners is somehow an attack on marriage. It isn't.

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As one of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit, I was at the Supreme Court the day this case was presented. I can assure you that it was not an attack on marriage. If it had been, do you actually believe the ruling would have been unanimous?

The Republican- and Democratic-appointed judges all understood this case was about fairness and equal pay for equal work.

Some of the arguments for this ballot proposition are based on religious beliefs. I, too, am a Christian and during most of my almost 30 years living in Alaska I was involved in leadership positions in my church. Whether we are Protestant, Mormon, Catholic or Jewish, we all worship the same God, and the God I worship would never ask me to work to prevent men, women and children from receiving medical care.

I had to move from Alaska because of medical problems, but I still love the state's live-and-let-live attitude. I encourage people to vote for fairness on April 3 by voting "No" on the statewide advisory vote.

Dan Carter-Incontro

Clermont, Fla

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