Monday, November 09, 2009

The Gay News

From the ISBL NewsDesk:

New York Governor David Paterson is once again speaking out about gay marriage in his state:
"People who've lived together for 10, 20, 30 years are waiting, hoping that this legislation will pass while they still have the breath to elicit an 'I do' on the altar, and I think it's time that it happens, and if I have to see legislation fail so I can identify who voted against it to better persuade them, then I'll take that chance. In this case, I have a feeling if it got on the floor it would be voted up."

And the defeat of marriage equality in Maine:
"I think there's this feeling that if legislation fails that it's this colossal loss for the cause. I find it to be motivational. I think that the public referendum in Maine should inspire us that there's more work to do, more persuasion to be made, more understanding to be reached, and more sensitivity to be displayed, and those of us who have been a catalyst for marriage equality have to regroup and work harder."

It's refreshing to see and hear such open and honest discussion about equality, without mucking it up, like a certain asshat in Alabama is trying to do.

DuWayne Bridges, saying the University of Alabama Birmingham's policy of offering health benefits to same-sex partners runs counter to the state's ban on same-sex marriage, has been gathering support for a proposal to block the benefits.

"I don't think the univer­sity should waste money by making a liberal or politi­cally correct statement," he said last week.

Equality is a liberal ideal now? I must have missed that breaking news story.

In opposition to Bridges asshattedness and backwoodsery, is openly gay state Representative Patricia Todd: "We don't know how many gay, lesbian and transgender people there are in the country or even in Alabama, but we know that we're present and we make a contribution and we're not asking for any more or less than any other group of folks. We just want equality."

To paraphrase Harvey Fierstein via SNL: We just want equality, is that so wroooooooong?

And, what else is wrong?

Oh yes, up in Maine, stories are emerging that the Democratic National Committee, which took our donations, put equality on the back-burner up there, while asking the people of Maine to help re-elect Jon Corzine in New Jersey. Nothing wrong with that, really, except the DNC sent fliers and emails to the people of Maine urging them to vote in last Tuesday's election, but failed to mention what the election was about or which way to vote.

Where was the DNC in the battle for equality in Maine? They were too busy working in New Jersey. Think about that, and remind the DNC of that, the next time they hold out their hands for a contribution.

If they can't contribute to equality, I'll give my money to those who can.

And so, while we lick our wounds over Maine and vow to fight on, and while our anger may grow over the DNC, which, by the way, was the first major political party in the U.S. to endorse a homosexual rights platform plank, and its lack of support, either through funds or action in Maine, and as we brace for a marriage equality fight in New York and, perhaps, New Jersey and New Hampshire, I've found a candidate for us.

Congressman Joe Sestak is a Democratic candidate for United States Senate in Pennsylvania:

When we think of the civil rights movement, we tend to think of grainy footage of marches and speeches, Selma, Ala., and the National Mall.
But our generation, too, is a part of that movement and has a critical role to play. It has been a long journey for our country, but we are now close to finally realizing our founders’ vision of a society where all are created equal and endowed with the same inalienable rights.
It’s time to end the discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation that is the only form of institutionalized discrimination still permitted in our society. That is why I am working to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and am committed to equal rights for all Americans.
On Saturday, President Obama will address the Human Rights Campaign. I hope he will use the opportunity to clearly call for the swift repeal of these discriminatory policies. We can get it done this year, and human rights should not be asked to wait.
In my three decades as an officer in the United States Navy, I lost good sailors to the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law -- sailors that I, and the nation, depended on for their training, skills, and courage.
Over the last 16 years we’ve lost 12,500 good servicemembers to this policy. In a time of war, our national security cannot afford to lose these troops, especially high-value specialists and linguists. But more so, our military cohesion depends on honesty and integrity. How can we demand that the 65,000 of our troops who are estimated to be gay act dishonestly and conceal information from their comrades and commanders? No one who serves in defense of liberty should be forced to live a lie.
I cannot imagine denying equal rights to anyone I served with. How can anyone say, we fought and served together, we depended on one another, we risked our lives for this country, but back home you shouldn’t enjoy the rights that you defended?
That’s why I have co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA and require the federal government to extend to the tens of thousands of legally married same-sex couples the more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples, including tax, pension, and benefits rights and the right to take unpaid leave to care for ill spouses. I have sent a letter urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the bill up for a vote and I am circulating a petition to show support.
The struggle for equality has never been easy and it won’t be today. But I am confident. This is a historic and, indeed, an exciting time for America, when we declare once and for all that there is no such thing as equality that doesn’t extend to everyone, that we hold this truth to be self-evident.

1 comment:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Joe Sestak seems to be a great person to get behind, excellent choice.