|One down, Two to go
||[Feb. 26th, 2004|07:43 am]
Sent an email to my parents, and 2 sisters regarding Bush's proposed amendment on gay marriage. I got one response yesterday from my younger sister:
"Mike: What is up???
According to what I have seen President Bush wants to make a marriage
between and woman and a man and still give rights to gays and lesbians, just
not call their union a marriage."
Needlesstosay, I sent her a response back correcting her.
You are thinking of John Kerry. He does not support gay marriage but supports civil unions with the same rights as marriage, just not calling it marriage.
Bush's stance on it (as quoted in his speech the other day)
“If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America,” the president said. “Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.”
Bush has indicated his support for a constitutional amendment in the past, including in a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers last month. At that session, according to one official in attendance, the president singled out Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s proposal as one he could support.
The amendment that Musgrave, R-Colo., and other lawmakers are backing in the House says: “Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.”
This version would eliminate civil unions as well. How can we support a man who is actively seeking to put an amendment which is discriminatory to a minority into the United States Constitution.
Again, I ask, what is the harm of allowing 2 people who love one another to marry. Did the marriage of two lesbians in SF 2 weeks ago really destroy the sancity of marriage. They had been together for 51 years. 51 years. Currently if one of them would pass away, the deceased's family could come in and take every thing. Even if one gets sick now and ends up in the hospital, the other could be prevented from seeing her in the hospital, because she is not considered family. Is that right??
One more thing to think about. Consider if the situation was reversed and we had a gay president who called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between 2 members of the same sex and that no other marriage alternatives would be legal (both on the state and federal level). People would be up in arms over this.
This country has always prided itself on seeking fairness and equality for all minorities. If past presidents and legislatures did not believe in equality for minorities, Interracial marriage would still be illegal (85% of the population at the time opposed it)and women would not have the right to vote.
Bush is walking down a dangerous road here. His track record when he was governor of Texas was not the best. He refused to sign into law a non-discriminatory act which would add sexual orientation to the current non-discriminatory act here in Texas. He has pushed for immigration changes to allow Illegal Mexicans to work in this country when unemployment rates are at the highest they have been since the 80s.
This is a man who is more interested in protecting his associates oil interests in the Middle East than he is about this country.
I have never been a supporter of George Bush. I was not a supporter of his father either. I am asking my family to consider the facts about the man that they supported for president in 2000
Somehow I typed my parents email address and my older sisters email address incorrect, so they didnt get it Tuesday. But my younger sister forwarded it to them. It will be very interesting to see their viewpoints on all this as well