A "yes" vote on Question One
To the Editor:
Many of you know me. I grew up in Rumford. I went to school with your children – St. John’s School - all the way up to eighth grade graduation, then to Rumford High, home of the Panthers!
I frequented the Rumford Public Library as I was an avid reader. I would walk all the way from my home on Pine Street. Sometimes I would even walk the Big Circle crossing from the library to downtown, out past the mill, and back up the Mexico side to Lincoln Avenue and then home. You may have seen me walking this route with my twin sister, Karen. I left Rumford when I was 19 and graduated four years later from the University of Maine.
Fourteen years ago, I met my partner, Donna. Over time, we purchased a house, had a civil union, filed a domestic partnership agreement with the state and drew up wills to make sure we would take care of each other should the unthinkable happen. Still, with all this, we do not have the protections and security that marriage would provide. If she or I were to become ill and end up in the hospital, we would need to make sure we had with us the documentation that allows us to see each other.
I could tell you more about why I believe in marriage equality, but in reality, the above is why I’m writing this. I love my partner dearly and want to make sure we have a wonderful life together and provide her with protections and benefits should anything bad befall me.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that I am voting "Yes on One" and I would ask you to do the same.
Kate (Kathy) Perry