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?
Good Morning Campers!
Well, its morning at least. The good part is still up for debate. At least with the elections over and I start watching TV again. I don?t generally watch a lot of TV these days thanks to Hulu but it was frankly getting painful to even watch the morning news there in the last days before the election. The ads are probably the thing I dislike the most about political campaign cycles.
But that is all over now and we can get back to seeing ads for things like car insurance and Pepto Bismol. Nothing cleans out the TV tubes better after a nasty negative political campaign season than a good old fashioned diarrhea medicine commercial. Kind of fitting if you ask me.
Back in Washington the President has returned from his trip to Asia, where he visited India, Indonesia, and Korea. Just before the trip ?Conservatives? latched onto a false report that President Obama?s stop in India was going to cost about $200 million dollars a day. Of course why would Glen Beck or anyone else do any actual follow-up to double check sources that could prove the allegation untrue. Fox News should probably change its tagline from ?Fair and Balanced? to ?Never let the truth spoil a good story.? Fortunately the rest of us with even a minimum amount of credibility have folks like Fact Check.org to help us with some verification.
Here at home in Iowa, state Republicans who have taken control of the State House and the Governor?s office are gearing up to take on the fight to add bigotry and discrimination to our state constitution.