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Call for action!
Monday September 19th 2005, 4:07 pm
Filed under: General,Justice,politics
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This message was sent to me by the Human Rights Coalition (HRC), of which I’m a member, in partnership with Equality California. Needless to say, this one’s close to my heart as a citizen of this country who is denied civil rights. If it fits to act, please let your governor know that you expect him to take the ethical high ground and support this bill.

As you probably know, California’s passage of the Civil Marriage and Religious Protection Act (AB849) would grant equal marriage rights to same-sex couples and affirm the basic rights of all Californians.

For the first time in history, a marriage equality bill has passed through a state legislature. The bill could reach Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk this week.
The Governor has indicated that he will veto this historic legislation.
Governor Schwarzenegger needs to hear from the entire country that the passage of this Act will ensure equal treatment under the law for all Californians. The elected officials from California have already spoken for the people, and now it is time to show the Governor that signing this Act into law is the right thing to do.

Call Governor Schwarzenegger directly at: (916) 445- 2841 and urge him to sign AB 849, and affirm the equal rights of all Californians, or fax him a letter at (916) 445-4633.

Thank you for your support in this monumentous occasion. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of history in the making!

Sincerely,

Joe Solmonese, HRC President


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It is close to my heart, also…and I feel anger when reading the headlines that tell of Governor Schwarzenegger’s stance on this issue. Thank you for adding this letter to DS, I will use the number tomorrow.
Until we all have equality, none of us are free.

Comment by chrisybug 09.20.05 @ 8:28 pm

I called the number, and it only takes a minute. I think what is happening in this country is appalling on many levels. I can’t believe that politicians are bothering with vetoing any bill that promotes human rights and equality.

It’s time for these people to grow up and focus on the real threats: the environment, global warming, corporations owning everything, lack of funding for education and medicare, and about a million more important topics. It just pisses me off that they feel like they have the right to decide what is best for people in their own private lives. Thank you, Donna, for bringing this to our attention!!

Comment by laura 09.28.05 @ 5:00 pm

To say you the truth, I support Arnold. No, not because I discriminate gays or something like that. I just think that gays just do not have biological future. Of course there is a whole bunch of biased studies who say that gay behaviour is not a deviant comparing to what is natural, but imagine a totally homosexual society….
It will get extinct in 50 years. I would only tell farewell to a society like that.
Homesexuals do have the same rights as we do … until they will march on the streets in their parades showing their behaivour to my children.

Comment by dingo_the 09.29.05 @ 9:34 am

yah. one more thing. Homosexuals may clone. But cloning is a really bad way, because there will be no normal way of gene exchange, which is vital for survival of anu society. just plain stupid biological survival

Comment by dingo_the 09.29.05 @ 9:36 am

Dingo – No offense but have you met any children of homosexuals? I mean YOU HAVE met children of homosexuals because you know me. But that is not my counter to your argument.

My counter to it would be this. Being in San Francisco and having many homosexual friends with children, I can speak a bit to the process of homosexual’s ability to perpetuate the human species. One might even argue that the way that one of the predominate ways that homosexuals perpetuate the species (through artificial insemination) would actually be a way of strengthening the species.

Artificial insemination is a process of more articulate selection than simple biological impulse which often times is the cause of pregnancies. This is not to say that people do not think about who they marry in a heterosexual relationship, but as you will no doubt agree – many children that come from heterosexual relationships actually come from heat of the moment passion, others come from the same and lead to marriage, and still others (in many parts of the world) come from arranged marriages, and still some also come from rapes and incest. Many of these methods of perpetuating the species are very inarticulate and in some parts of the world actually lead to birth defects because of issues of inbreeding.

For a homosexual couple – let’s say two women – to have a child through artificial insemination, they must first select a sperm donor. I have seen the great amount of thought that goes into this process, and let me tell you it is serious business. It is amazing to watch a couple so critically choose the gene pool that will contribute to their child so that it has the best chances of living a healthy happy life. Sometimes the donor is a known person and other times they are strangers who have offered their biological information for evaluation. Either way, the decision process that is undergone is – I am going to speculate here – much more informed and articulate than most decisions made by heterosexual couples because the factor of chance and heat of the moment is removed.

I also like the fact that the process actually takes longer. I think that if more people went through this process – whether they are gay or straight – we would have fewer children being born. Overpopulation is a continued concern, so my feeling is that any process that slows this overpopulation down without violating people’s rights is a good thing.

But besides this argument, I would say to you this. Homosexuals are a minority in our society – even in places like San Francisco where people do not have to hide their sexuality as much as in other parts of the world. So your concerns of the human population being unable to perpetuate itself based on the idea that the world will suddenly become gay are unfounded.

But finally I will rely on one final point. The fact that as the son of a lesbian couple, I have had a rich experience in growing up in this world. I was raised to respect people in their many diverse lifestyles and creeds and colors, and because of this I have found a great deal of joy in the many different people I have known. In my personal opinion, we need many more children of gay and lesbian parents, for the simple reason that because they have had to struggle so hard to accept themselves in such a prejudiced society, they truly look deeply at the individual they are raising and celebrate their uniqueness. In the end our world needs people who have been valued in this way, so that can confidently step forward into a world that needs a lot of work.

Comment by andrei hedstrom 09.29.05 @ 4:28 pm

It has been observed in nature that mammals will increase their homosexual
percentages as the population density increases. Which does two things; it slows the population growth and adds additional parental couples to provide family environments for those children that have lost their natural parents, for whatever reasons. My sister and her S.O. have adopted two infant girls from China. They are now both in pre-school and 1st grade respectively and I wonder at them. For they are the luckiest two people I have ever met. What kind of providence brings them from a birth in which they were rejected from their natural parents and sent to an orphanage and sentenced to a life of poverty; to then having two yuppie moms in Marin. Every time I’m around them I want them to hug me so some of that good luck will rub off on me.

Comment by Danny Boyle 09.29.05 @ 10:32 pm

What can I say??? “No comment” to you, Dingo! Given the absence of informed critique, I can’t even be offended!

Comment by Donna 10.01.05 @ 12:10 pm

Donna you are so cool. I love your response. Andrei, as always your arguments are well thought out and articulate. Of course I agree with all but Dingo the!

Comment by zoe 10.04.05 @ 5:58 pm

Dingo, it would be a very good idea if you were to investigate your topic before you wrote about it. Your prejudices make DS less safe for some of us. Thank you, Andrei!

Comment by Sue 10.19.05 @ 12:02 pm



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