February 12 is National Freedom to Marry Day. Across the nation activists will organize actions in support of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. With one united voice we will say that denying people equal protection under the law based on sexual orientation is blatant discrimination.
Marriage offers hundreds of civil protections, from tax exemptions to automatic power of attorney in case of incapacity. Except, of course, if you are lesbian or gay. Our [or these] loving unions are not legally recognized. Our [Lesbian's and gay's] families are torn apart. Our [Lesbians and gay's] children are taken away from us. We [Lesbian's and gay's] are subject to pervasive discrimination because we can't get married. The freedom to marry is a basic civil right. A choice that belongs to two people, regardless of sexual orientation, not to politicians and voters.
This discrimination is devastating to lesbian and gay couples who commit to each other in sickness and in health but have no legal protection. We must stop this injustice. Is our community one of fair-minded individuals, or will we be marked as promoters of hate and unfairness?
I look forward to the day when [lesbian and gay couples] or my partner and I can live free of discrimination and intolerance and protect the health and well being of our families here in (your town).
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the name and town of the writer).