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Marcy Kulland, Tacoma, Wash., Published July 15 2012

Teacher Trish Cameron is a study in courage

I would like to thank Trish Cameron for her courage to stand up for what is right. I have been confirmed in both the Catholic and Lutheran faiths and continue to use the teachings of Christ to help guide my life. I was fortunate enough to have been taught by very open and loving religious leaders in both faiths. Sadly, I left the church many years ago because of the leadership of both religions, not because of the religion.

It baffles me why gay marriage is so divisive in our communities. I grew up in West Fargo but am currently living in Tacoma, Wash., where I hope to marry my female partner this winter after the voters approve what the Legislature and governor have already passed. Why is my relationship so scary to others? I love and honor my partner every day. She recently had surgery, and I was the one who woke up every four hours to make sure she remembered to take her pills. I am the one who makes sure she eats something so that she can recover and keep her strength. I do this because of the love and commitment that we share.

We comforted each other during the first five years of our relationship when we buried all four of our parents, who were so happy that we had found each other. We are no different than any other couple who loves and nurtures each other, yet the leadership of the Catholic Church says that it is wrong and that we shouldn’t have the same civil rights that other committed, monogamous couples enjoy.

The only thing wrong here is that some Catholic leaders cannot truly follow the teachings of Christ of love and compassion. I may have the same shortcomings as other human beings, but loving someone as much as I love my partner is not one of them.

In closing, I want to state for the record: Bishop Michael Hoeppner, I forgive you.