When two people are committed to each other and want to raise a family together; no power on earth can ever prevent that from happening. Same sex couples want the same rights that many of us take for granted everyday.
We don't have to worry about not being able to make a critical life or death decision for our spouse.
We don't have to worry about being denied access to him/her during urgent care.
We don't have to worry about getting on our spouse’s health insurance plan; if one should lose his/her job.We don't have to worry about paying an inheritance tax if our spouse should die.
We don't have to worry about getting survival benefits if one spouse leaves this world before the other.
I believe that God did not call me into service to discriminate against others. God surrounded me with those who needed my support. And it was not meant for me to abandon them because of my own fear of reprisal. On December 25, 2008, I had a dream that showed me the division of churches regarding this issue. In that dream, I saw myself united with other religious leaders in support of marriage equality.
So help me to change the way same gender families are seen. Try seeing them no differently than your own. And keep in mind that it's about equal rights and protection in a Free State.
Would you deny equal rights to someone? I ask this question of everyone; those who know and those who don't know the pain of discrimination or the feeling of being ostersized.
Want to help bring change to a Free State, please take action. Follow this link: http://actions.friendfactor.org/o/8563/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=184
Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns
Court Authorized Officiant, Ordained Minister
Marriage Equality Supporter & DC Marriage License Agent
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