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Friday, Dec 19, 2014
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Letter of the Day: Don’t let Florida remain frozen in fear of past

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I’d like to start by stating that I am among the many that would consider themselves fiscally conservative while being socially liberal. I am concerned with the government wasting taxpayer dollars. Therefore, I feel compelled to point out that the legal fight against gay marriage is a giant waste of taxpayer dollars. I think the majority of Floridians would agree there are better ways to spend our money: health care, job training, transportation, helping the homeless and the sick, and education. We all know the list could go on and on.

Consider this: I am in the highest tax bracket with my burden being over $100,000 a year. I contribute financially to local animal rescues and social services. I volunteer my time on a regular basis to Underdog Rescue of Florida. I own a home in Tampa, and I pay my property tax bill like everyone else. I pay my state taxes like everyone else. I make it a priority to be a good and honest Floridian. But guess what? I happen to be gay, and I have been for as long as I can remember. Am I now to be considered a danger to society?

My partner and I have been together almost eight years, and we deserve to get married if we choose. Who is anyone to deny us that human right? Who is anyone to pass judgment on our household? What I do in my bedroom is not harmful to the public in any way. My love for my partner is true and honest, and I should not have to defend it or justify it to anyone else. Our committed partnership is not hurting anyone, and for anyone to suggest we are is ignorant and hateful and goes against everything this country is supposed to stand for.

The issue of whether we should allow gays to marry is no longer a question but a matter of time. It has spread like wildfire across our great country, and I highly doubt Floridians want to be remembered as one of the few states that remained frozen in the fear of the past.

I think it is time for Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to open their eyes and accept the social movement that is clearly happening. Let me marry my girlfriend of eight years. Either give us the same rights as every other Floridian, or stop taxing us at the same rate. We are all members of the human race, and we should love and encourage one another. Love is love.

Shirah Levine

Tampa

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