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?
An ancient blood flows through my veins.
A blood that burns like the heart of the world.
A fire that fills my soul with the battle cries of a thousand Viking warriors on the charge.
I see harmony among the chaos.
I understand the need for balance in the universe.
With out Evil there can not be Good
With out Good there can not be evil.
To maintain the balance I call upon the sword and the hammer of war,
for these are the instruments of both life and death,.
I am kin to the Dragon and brother of men.
The creatures of the wood call me friend and the spirits of my brothers call me Fire Drake.
I am the fire that burns in the soul of the Earth
I am a hunter on the prowl
I am a lover of life and nature and staunch protector of both
Born under the sign of the lion
Both my love and my fury can be great