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Published on -7/11/2013, 9:42 AM

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Dear Congressman Huelskamp:

We found your comments in your most recent newspaper columns most interesting; you certainly made it clear that you are vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage.

At the outset, I want to emphasize that Darlene and I are nonpartisan. So, we will get right to the point and tell you we could not agree with you less.

It is our belief that each individual is free to make a choice of the lifestyle he/she wants to pursue. Not only free to choose but has the constitutional right to do so.

What right do you and I have to deny them their rights to pair off and live together as long as they do not interfere with others? We believe we should stop interfering with what they choose to do as long as they obey the laws of the land.

We here in Kansas added an amendment to our Constitution declaring a marriage is legal only between a male and female -- hooray for us. We put those queers in their place for good. To us, an amendment to the state or federal constitution is serious business and should occur only for major benefits to the state or nation. A same-sex marriage amendment does not belong in the State of Kansas Constitution.

We find that Webster's interpretation of the word "marriage" includes "any close or intimate union."

While there are several definitions, the above likely would be the one to apply to same-sex marriages. According to the latest statistics, about 50 percent of the marriages between a male and female end in divorce.

Perhaps we should amend the Kansas Constitution to prohibit divorce?

According to the latest polls, the majority of the American people approve of same-sex marriages and that these partners should be free to enjoy the same privileges, rights and benefits the rest of us have.

We may or may not write you again about other issues.

But I think it would be fair to say, given our past track record, we won't be on the same page very often.

Carl Schlegel

Hays

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