Barb Goldstein: Necessary conflict

May 9, 2014 

The Wake County Register of Deeds made a compelling case in her May 7 letter “ Following the laws.”

However, her argument loses its significance when compared with thousands of committed same-sex couples who continue to be denied civil rights. Laura Riddick’s views could easily be applied to other previous historical battles for civil rights – slavery, suffrage, apartheid, religious freedoms, to name only a few.

Riddick bemoans the time and money spent to fight these injustices, but consider the time and taxpayer money spent by governments to initiate and maintain them. The reason we have a Constitution is to guarantee that civil rights are applied equally to all.

Once same-sex couples are granted marriage equality in N.C., as they have been federally, Riddick undoubtedly will be able to get back to her job and not feel so much “unnecessary conflict.”

Barb Goldstein

Durham

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