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Time to support equality in marriage

Jul 1, 2013

Arizona Republic

Sadly despite the First Amendment religion and government are routinely mixed.

Time to support equality

Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:46 PM

Thirty-one years ago in a small Kansas town, I stood before a judge who was soon to take my 4-year-old son from me. I was called vile, disgusting, perverted, and the most hurtful of all, an “unfit mother.” Why? Because I am a lesbian.

When I heard the Supreme Court decisions last week, a very large weight was lifted from me. I have carried those hurtful words around with me for 31 years. Those words have been in every area of my life and today I can shake them off and understand for the first time that I am “equal.” I am not the person that judge, so long ago, labeled me. I am very much “fit” to be a mother and now a grandmother.

Don’t look back many years from now and see yourself on the side of history that stands up for inequality. Search your heart and understand that we are all just people wanting to love and be loved.

Please join me in my quest for all people to be happily married. It’s the right thing to do, and no one will be able to stop this runaway train from reaching its destination.

Equal rights for all people. Hop on board.

— Cheryl Reed, Sun Lakes