The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 25, 2014

Confirming our commitment

— We are delighted that our lesbian marriage is finally legal in our home state. Being recognized in this way confers upon us protection from unfair inheritance taxes, the right to make decisions for each other in case of hospitalization, Social Security spousal benefits and many other rights we have previously been denied.

Confirming our 21-year commitment to each other, we married last Sept. 21 in New York City. We know many other couples who also traveled out of state to be married. This, of course, took financial investment for these events out of Pennsylvania to nearby states that were ahead of Pennsylvania in recognition of same-gender marriages.

Given this week’s rulings confirming the dignity and equality of all marriages, it is also important for The Daily Item to offer engagement and wedding announcements to same-gender couples in the same way that you print these items for heterosexual couples. This would signal an important and progressive stance for the paper. Many other newspapers, including the New York Times, have been doing this for years; we welcome your recognition, too. 

Caroll Blank and Helen Nunn, Lewisburg

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