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My marriage is threatened


Regarding the July 21 news article: “Same-sex marriage vote gains traction”:

It is infuriatin­g to my family and me to see comments such as those of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-fla.) calling the Respect for Marriage Act to protect same-sex and interracia­l marriage a “nonissue.” Though it might be a “nonissue” for straight, same-race couples, I can assure you that my family very much sees it as a pressing issue.

We live in Virginia, and despite our governor’s ridiculous assertion that same-sex marriage would be protected here if the Supreme Court were to overturn the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, it absolutely would not, given the constituti­onal amendment passed in 2006 that would be triggered by such a ruling.

If senators want to vote against protecting my marriage, have the courage to admit your homophobia and pandering to the religious right. Don’t hide behind nonsensica­l and political arguments. If there were even a slight chance your marriage would be annulled and you, your spouse and your children would be left without the legal protection­s of marriage, then I am sure you would not consider it a “nonissue.”

Julie M. Sibbing, Falls Church

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