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Archive for February, 2011

Your Representative’s View on DOMA – Mike Ross, Democrat, Arkansas.

February 28, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Your Reps on DOMA

Mike Ross - Opposition to Health Care Reform

Democrat Mike Ross also opposed Health Care Reform, leading many constitutents to post signs like this one.

From Arkansas Representative, Mike Ross, Democrat:

…please know that I support the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. In 1997, I joined my colleagues in the Arkansas State Legislature to enact two state laws that prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages in our state, and I voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment every time it has come before the United States House of Representatives for a vote.

On July 18, 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.J.RES.88, which would have created an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that marriage in the United States be only between a man and a woman.

I voted in favor of this amendment; however, it failed to receive the necessary two-thirds support to pass.

My strong belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman is among the family values that I was raised on and still believe in.  Please know I will continue to vote to ban gay marriage and only recognize marriage between one man and one woman, just as I have done many times before.

Legislating belief is a disgusting way to legislate.  How about we start legislating facts?  Agree?  Contact Mike Ross:

Mike Ross
2436 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3772
(800) 223-2220
(202) 225-1314 Fax
mike.ross@mail.house.gov

Houston Mayor’s “Bittersweet” Valentine – Freedom to Marry Day Events

February 11, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Headline, LGBT Action Alerts

City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker

City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker

In an open letter, City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker wrote:

All across this country people will be sharing Valentines Day with the ones they love. It is a bittersweet observation in the LGBT community, where we yearn for that day when we’ll have the right to marry the ones we love.

My life partner of 20 years and I would love to be able to wed in the state we call home. I know it will happen in my lifetime because the world is changing on LGBT issues. It is amazing to me the progress that we’ve made since my early activist days. At times the pace seems slow. It is also frustrating for those who are waiting, but I know it will happen.

Events like Freedom to Marry Day help bring attention and awareness to the issue. There can be no more positive public influence than a show of commitment between loving couples. Thank you for the work you are doing.

As we continue to wait for that day that I am certain will become reality, I am not going to let one day pass without letting my partner know how much I love her and how blessed I am to have her in my life.

Happy Valentines Day and Happy Freedom to Marry Day!

In Mayor Parker’s city, activists have had a long running tradition.  Clergy and faith leaders from numerous religious traditions preside over a mass marriage ceremony of same-sex couples. The event is Texas’ largest and longest running same-sex wedding celebration.  But this isn’t the only event you will see come Valentine’s Day.

Freedom to Marry Day events are happening all over the country.  In cities like Austin, Texas (just a few hours from Mayor Parker), marriage counter protests will occur.  Same-sex couples and allies will be taking up space at the clerk’s office as they request (and are ultimately denied) a marriage license.

The majority of the events are being coordinated between GetEQUAL and Marriage Equality USA with help from grassroots organizers.  Others have popped up spontaneously around the country.  To find out about events in your area or to add your event, visit http://www.requestmarriage.com.

The American Dream, Yes We Can — “You Can’t”: a Poem in Video

February 10, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Thought of the Gay

When I was a child, patriotism rested in the hope that I can be whatever I choose to be.  I could become anything I dreamed of becoming.  I could live as I wished to live because I was in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  In those sentiments, I found the American Dream.

This feeling of patriotism that hope bestowed upon me sung loudly in the words of now President Barack Obama:

Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can.  – Barack Obama

Sadly, the reality isn’t the dream .  Our President tells us “Yes we can,” but our laws and country tell us, “You can’t.”  Why?  Because some feel they have the right to take away our American Dream.  They believe that they are the righteous and moral and we, the LGBTQ community, are less than and undeserving.  They believe and even teach that our families are not the families that deserve the same rights and privileges of their families because we are “different.”

Yes we can, but “You Can’t”:

Thank you to the young woman who created this video.  You are speaking your truth and people should hear it.