It is time for us homosexuals to grow up and quit asking for permission to marry. I have just the plan to enable us to take our lives into our own hands. The plan follows instructions from the Declaration of Independence, and examples from the Constitution and Supreme Court cases. Even currently, we are told not to tell who we are or we can't defend this country. Do you feel like an American? This government and its citizens cannot have it both ways: either we are part of this society deserving of the same tax breaks as heterosexual couples, and our participation in the military is as respected or we are not. If not, then we must separate from this union and take our tax base with us. Our brothers and sisters at Stonewall stood up united and stopped the constant harrassment by police officers. We need to learn from that example and honor their heroic stand by taking our life condition to the next level: Freedom from being a political election bargaining chip. The last discussion we had about our rights was the first Clinton campaign, which brought out "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." All talks have stopped since then. Actually, we are losing ground. President Bush is pushing for a ban on homosexual marriage. If things continue as such, we will continue paying more taxes than heterosexuals. Since we are not treated as equal members of this society, we have every right to form our own union and take our tax base with us. We can decide which foreign and domestic policies to support. There are many scientists out there who could use our dollars to search for an AIDS cure, for example.What do you say; are we adult enough or do we need religiously controlled government permission?