Jeff Kemp and Harvey Drake Jr, Seattle Times
Full story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002071775_kempdrake25.html
IT is the birthright of every child to be raised by their mother and father. To redefine marriage is to rob children of that birthright.
Yet, a small group of activist lawyers and judges is putting marriage under siege in the state of Washington. While gays, lesbians and most Americans seek an end to bigotry and hatred, something different is at stake here. The full-court press to legally redefine marriage carries societal implications that are vast and damaging to children and future generations.
The two of us join many of all races, religions and creeds who are alarmed by recent court rulings in King and Thurston counties overturning Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
We are linking arms as Allies for Marriage and Children to appeal to the vast numbers of Washingtonians troubled by the redefinition of marriage, as well as the decades-long decay of marriage and absence of a common-sense voice defending it. We will work with the state Legislature to find a constitutional solution to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.