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Hot topic: Marriage equality in Delaware

By Lacey Lafferty | May 02, 2013

One would have to wonder about the mindset of our current state administration and legislators in referring to common sense sound solutions instead of more decisive lame legislation. With the steady influx of legislative bills that consistently challenge the citizens' Constitutional rights instead of focusing on our states current administrative economic failures, energy, education, unemployment, finance, crime and a host of other issues.

Let’s take the current hot topic - marriage equality. To resolve this issue and come up with a sound solution that works for both parties and everyone can be pleased with is quite simple. If the argument with the gay community is about the federal benefits that only apply to heterosexuals in a marriage contract, why doesn’t the legislature introduce an amendment to the civil union legislative bill that was passed two year ago, including federal benefits to the civil unions when and if it is passed by the federal government as well as any other equality benefits that are currently in a marriage contract.

This in fact would be a sound solution where both the gay community, heterosexual community and religious community can come to an agreement. We have the civil union bill in place why not expand upon it. This method is used all the time with law enforcement legislation and it certainly would work in this situation.

Lacey Lafferty
Laurel

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