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posted Friday, January 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 04
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THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS

How wonderful it must be for an individual to be in a position wherein s/he could legislate happiness. That is exactly the position that Washington state legislators are enviably in.

Voting in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in this state is an example of legislating happiness. It is not a matter of satisfying or pleasing or pandering to your constituency. It is not a matter of being on the right side of history. It is not a matter of adhering to ancient, questionable misogynistic scripture. It is a matter of doing the right thing and sleeping well afterward.

If one wishes to belabor Biblical conflicts between right and wrong, there is this:

Leviticus 19:18: 'Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.'

How about that? One of the few sane shalt-outs from Leviticus. Not only will Gay marriage legalization make many people happy, but unlike most other legislation, it will have no effect upon the budget. It will not cost a penny except the ink and paper necessary to codify the law.

Recently much rhetoric rambling out of the Republican presidential debaters has repeatedly dealt with 'the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' So, dear legislators, here is your chance. You have the power, the ability, and the opportunity to actually help people pursue happiness.

Fred Ketteman

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