Legislators should follow will of people

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007

An election was held on April 3 to find out how Alaskans felt about putting an amendment to our constitution up before the voters in 2008. The result was 53 percent in favor and 47 percent against. The day following the election, some people, including our legislators, said it wasn't overwhelming enough so it shouldn't count for anything.

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When did we vote to make elections not count unless they are won by landslides? How many of our elected representatives are in office as a result of winning by a handful of votes? Yet they haven't the guts to put the amendment before the voters in 2008, as the will of the majority of Alaskans has voted they should. What are they afraid of? Is it that in a general election, where more people generally vote, the amendment might pass?

This is not just an issue of taking away special rights for gays. It's more of an issue of granting rights to a group of perverted people while not addressing the rights of others. Where is the legislation granting benefits to unmarried men and woman? Where is the legislation that grants health care to the poor, to working families and to retired people who choose between groceries and medicine?

Life is full of the choices we make and how these choices end up changing or effecting them. Some gays say they are owed the benefits because the state won't let them marry. So now because we won't let someone break the law, we reward them anyway? Alaska voted to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and some rebel court decides that we violated the gays' constitutional rights in not granting them the same benefits legally married people enjoy.

It is my hope every single voter who was in the 53 percent majority checks to see how their representatives voted on this issue and remembers that when their legislator seeks re-election.

The election, right or wrong, was held, and no one has the right to void the outcome.

John Mielke


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