Published October 02, 2012
First-time voter will vote ‘yes’ on R-74GRACE BLACKMON
I’m a senior at Olympia High School and a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. I get to vote for the first time in the Nov. 6 election. One issue that I care strongly about is Referendum 74. As a state, we will vote to approve or reject marriage for same-sex couples. As a Lutheran and more broadly a Christian, my faith teaches me to treat others how I want to be treated. I want to be able to get married. I want to be able to marry any person I fall in love with. Denying anyone marriage seems hurtful to me. My parents have been married for 27 years. They love each other and are committed to each other. Why can they get married and not some of my neighbors, teachers and mentors? My congregation has chosen to be a welcoming community for people of all races, abilities, sexual orientation and economic status. We choose to marry same-sex couples as well as heterosexual couples. A great aspect of Referendum 74 is that congregations of different faiths will have free will to choose who they will or will not marry. Everyone interprets Scripture differently but I believe the greatest commandment is to love. We should love others no matter who they are, where they’ve been, what they’ve done or who they love. I will support same-sex couples on election day and I hope you will join me.