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?
A company of couriers in the employ of Lord Markelhay of Fallcrest has found themselves held up in the small town of Duponde, where the King’s road crosses the Nentir River. Unfortunately both of the town’s bridges were damaged in recent flooding, so the group’s journey south to the city of Sarthel is on hold.
The group took lodging at the Old Owl Inn where they were treated to stories of ghosts and wizards. All seemed ordinary in the town of Duponde until nightfall. The group was awaked by a strange sensation of dread and evil. Rushing from their rooms they found Harald, the Innkeeper, lying unconscious at the foot of the stairs. The group was attacked by three stone gargoyles. After a nearly disastrous battle, the group dispatched the gargoyles and successfully roused Harald.
As Harald, Tilda, and the three dwarves (Arc, Jaren, and Davrin) began to barricade themselves into the Inn, the group headed out into the streets of Duponde to try and determine what was going on.
As the group moved through the streets the darkness and dread circled in all around them. Their lights seemed to struggle to illuminate their path. In the distance they could hear the screams of townsfolk and through the windows they could see the frightened faces. The quickly came to realize that the entire town had become victim of a Shadowfell, and was now in the plane of shadow.
The group finally came upon Grimbold, the Marshall of Duponde, and a couple of town guards. Grimbold asked the group for help and they quickly accepted. After a quick discussion it was decided that the group would head to the Armory, which had become invested, preventing the guards from getting to their arms and armor.
Upon arriving at the armory the group found it to be invested with masses of spiders. As the group struggled to rid the armory of them, a Giant Deathjump spider jumped from the roof and attacked.
The group overcame the spiders and reclaimed the armory for the town guard.
After clearing the armory the group heads off into the streets and quickly encounters a group of two-headed drakes about the size of large dogs and a large shadow bolter. The group overcomes the shadow creatures and are thanked by a group of townsfolk.