Protection of minority rights is up to courts

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006

Paul H. Grant (Nov. 19) offers a succinct explanation as to why the State of Alaska should provide benefits to same-sex couples.

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Protection of minority rights is clearly a matter for the courts, as the majority does not always recognize those rights when the rights are put to a vote of the citizenry.

In addition, I fail to see how a committed same-sex couple, who have vowed to love and support each other, can be considered a threat to society. Such commitment can only strengthen a society that recognizes and supports that commitment. To deny equal employment benefits to hard-working state employees based upon sexual orientation is discrimination.

Hopefully the Legislators will give this issue careful thought and realize that the Alaska court has handed down the only ruling possible in this matter. The next step is to put those benefits in place.

Judy Andree


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