In response to Jennifer Roback Morse’s remarks to the Minnesota house I have asked them the following questions. I post a screen shot of them here since NOM and the Ruth Institute are generally not interested in open civil debate. I don’t expect them to provide any answers to them.
Gay and Lesbian people exist. We always have and always will. Regardless of what NOM, the Ruth Institute, or any of the other discriminatory organizations that continue to turn our own government against us hope to achieve. Sometimes I truly wonder what their goal really is. Is it to try and somehow cure us and eliminate us? I don’t think that there really is a clear answer to that question and frankly if that is the goal, it’s a fool’s goal because it can never be achieved. More Gay and Lesbian Americans are born everyday. Trying to rid America of us makes about as much sense as trying to get rid of everyone with red hair.
So if we aren’t going away what sort of protections do we deserve if not marriage? The reality of the mater is that we do fall in love. We do have children. We do build lives and families together. We buy homes together. We go on vacations together. We worry about paying the bills together just like any other family. Is it right that when one of us dies we have no say over burial or that we have to pay gift taxes on the things we bought together as a couple? If one of us becomes sick do we not have a right to visit our partner? Should we not have any rights to the children we may have spent years raising together simply because the state won’t allow us to adopt our partner’s biological child?
These are questions that can’t be answered by a simple contract other than that of civil marriage. Contracts other than marriage can be and often are challenged in court by family members that may not approve of the same sex relationship.
Without marriage are we just supposed to live a life without love, in solitude, and unhappiness? If you deny us marriage, then what will you allow?
It’s Friday and it’s freakin colder than… well… something I can’t say in polite company. Temperatures are below 0 and all through there isn’t much of a breeze, the wind chills are a real killer. When hopped in the car to get it to warm up for the ride to work, it acted like I do when the alarm goes off and I hit the snooze button, repeatedly, for an hour. In the end however it did finally turn over.
I’ve had my new Dell Inpsiron Duo for about a week now and I’m loving it. I found out that it can recognize handwriting, Now if I just had a stylus that worked with a capacitive touch screen. It does have limitations, but that was pretty well expected from the beginning. It doesn’t make a very good gaming computer, but then honestly that’s not what I bought it for in the first place. It plays movies from Netflix and Amazon VOD great however. I did manage to log into World of Warcraft with it but I can’t really imagine playing WoW with any real competency with this computer. Again, I pretty much expected that from the beginning.
I bought it mainly as a writing tool, and as a work tool. And in those functions it has definitely worked great.
Well, that’s it for me today, I’m starting to sound like I’m writing a commercial for Dell, and that’s my cue to move on to other things this morning.