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Don’t sanction inequality, repression

October 4, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

In 1920 the 19th Amendment of the Constitution stated that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged ... on account of sex." It is shocking to think that just one lifetime ago women could not vote in this country. Two lifetimes ago human beings were considered property and as recently as 1964 were being refused the right to vote in Southern states until the Civil Rights Act finally put an end to this repression. During these times I am sure many people felt that this repression was justified, but as time passed many more strongly believed that the civil rights of these people were being violated and worked passionately to create laws to ensure equality for all.

As the election nears a struggle has developed to win or repress the right of our fellow citizens to enjoy the same right that the majority hold: the right to marry the person they love. I cannot imagine looking another human being in the eye and saying you do not deserve the same right as I do because you are different from me. And for the life of me I cannot imagine making a passionate effort to create a law that sanctions inequality and promotes intolerance.

The rights of these fellow citizens will eventually be secured as each generation becomes more understanding and less prejudiced with the only consequence being a little less repression in the world.

Mark Elijah

Sleepy Eye



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