With all of the recent letters to the editor regarding the upcoming advisory vote on benefits for same-sex couples, I'd like to take a moment to clarify the ethics we will be voting on. This is not a vote on whether anyone's particular god or admired religious figure would condone homosexuality. Nor is this a vote on whether the people of Alaska think that homosexuality is a sin or otherwise unethical.
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The upcoming vote is on whether the majority of Alaskan voters believe that homosexuals are less human than, and therefore deserve to be treated differently from, straight people. Regardless of whether any one of us finds the "homosexual lifestyle" to be condoned or condemned by our particular belief system, we should all recognize that each human being must be treated equally in the eyes of the law.
If we fail to recognize this ethical tenet, which happens to be a central tenet of American law, we risk sliding down a slippery slope toward legally sanctioned bigotry and hate. Any action which would put our laws on a path toward creating inequality between American citizens on any basis is unethical, and should be vigorously opposed by every patriot and defender of freedom.
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