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?
On Wednesday the Space Shuttle Discovery returned home from it’s last mission in space, STS-133. In the course of it’s 27 year career, Discovery has logged 148,221,675 miles, during 39 missions, having orbited the Earth 5,830 times.
After undergoing removal of it’s engines and any other hazardous materials that may be on board, Discovery will take one last flight on the back of a modified 747 to it’s new home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, where it will take the place of Space Shuttle Enterprise.
NASA has set the date for Endeavour’s move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39A for Wednesday March 9th at 8am. This will be Endeavour’s final trip into space before the end of the shuttle program. The launch is planed for April 19th.
STS-134, will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station and will commanded by Mark Kelly, husband of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot on January 8th in Tucson, Arizona.
32 years ago today NASA unveiled the very first Space Shuttle OV-01. While originally slated to be named Constitution (It?s unveiling occurring on the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution which in 2004 was named Constitution day) it was renamed to Enterprise after a massive write in campaign by fans of Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry and most of the cast of the Original Series were on hand.
After the break is a composite picture of all of the Ships named Enterprise.