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March 10, 2004

Re: Sims and gay marriage

Written by a reader responding to "Sims and gay marriage":

Joni, I agree, Sims is doing the right thing. He is working within the law to move us forward rather than blatantly opposing the law, and I applaud him for his political savvy on this topic as well as his progressive and compassionate view.

A politician is selected to represent and protect all of the people in their area of influence, especially those whose needs and interests are not well represented already by the majority.

Sims is constrained by law. But occassionally it is our duty, and the duty of politicians, to question, review and even help in challenging existing policy and law--especially if it is unjust or denies those inalienable rights that all men and women (including the gay ones) are entitled to. Otherwise, there would be no social or legal progress.

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