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Time to endorse

traditional marriage

We, the Knights of Columbus, Bremerton Council, applaud our national headquarters for supporting California’s Proposition 8 with the largest donation of $1.4 million (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27391230/>donation).

Here in Washington state, we oppose all efforts to redefine the concept of marriage that has bonded families from time immemorial. On Feb. 12, however, House and Senate committees in Olympia approved a new equivalency bill (HB 1727, SB 5688) which will, it is predicted, cause our courts to mandate same-sex marriage in Washington. Unlike California, our electorate cannot amend the constitution to override the court.

Our legislators should know that 40 states ban same sex marriage and that in every state where this dreadful experiment has come to a popular vote, voters have endorsed traditional marriage.

The foundational principle, the consent of the governed, requires that radical cultural changes be first approved democratically by the electorate. If our elected representatives cannot muster the courage to defend social decency, or to back a venerable and long-standing tradition, then they can refrain until they refer the issue to a statewide referendum.

We the people, including religious citizens, have the right to govern our own society. Thus, let us take responsibility — opposing solons who dismiss public opinion and who push the homosexual revolution upon us and upon our children.

BOB STRUBLE

Lecturer

Knights of Columbus, Council 1379

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