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Letter: Sometimes, government must step in to ensure freedoms

If you look back throughout the history of this country, you will see voters oppress the rights of women and interracial couples, just as North Carolina did for homosexuals on May 8. Hence, this is why throughout history the government eventually had to step in and force this country to follow the concept of freedom rather than the concept of personal prejudice. Women are no longer second-class citizens and the racial segregation of marriage has been eliminated.

On May 3, I read in this newspaper a comment by a Columbia resident saying, "It's not bigotry. It's called the Bible."

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That statement brought my family to tears because it was the same statement consistently thrown in the face of interracial couples throughout the country, including my own parents. There are still places in this country my parents will not go for fear of facing prejudice over their relationship.

I call upon the citizens of Columbia and Howard County to ask yourselves these questions: How would same-sex marriage hurt you or your family? Do you have the right to use your religious beliefs as a reason to oppress the equal treatment of your fellow American citizens?

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Kristian Feldstein

Columbia

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