| Texans over 18 - PLEASE VOTE
||[Nov. 7th, 2005|03:34 pm]
I think we all know what I'm talking about, Proposition 2. For those who don't want to click, it's the proposed amendment to the Texas constitution outlawing same-sex marriage.
Here's an excerpt from an email I got from a prominent member of the democratic party (name and contact info withheld because I didn't actually ask for permission to reprint this). And I'm not trying to pursuade anyone to become a Democrat, just vote on this one issue. (unless you're voting for, then stay home ;)
"Dear Democratic Friend and Ally:
You’ve known me for a long while. I’ve been a State Representative, a Democratic Party activist and a Party consultant.
I hope you know me as a vocal spokesperson for the ideals of the Democratic Party, for social justice, for the underdog and the little guy.
I also happen to be a gay man who cares deeply about my relationship.
Today, I’m sending you this note and this request on a very personal matter. I need you to be a spokesperson for me.
I need you to speak out for me and the thousands of your neighbors across Texas who will be permanently made second class citizens if Proposition 2 passes and is placed in the Bill of Rights.
It’s a daily experience for many of us dealing with the “little things” that everyone else takes for granted in their heterosexual relationships. Sometimes, for us, it turns tragic. It affects everything about our lives.
I’ve stood in the emergency room, partner unconscious, me in tears, trying to convince an uncaring desk clerk that I had a right to be there.
I’ve gone into hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt paying for health care of a partner who I cannot put on my insurance policy.
And I even have to go through the hassle and cost of doing a legal document just so that a partner can bury my body when I die.
You might take for granted the 1,130 rights and responsibilities heterosexual folks get when they pay for that marriage license. I have lived through the horror of not having those same rights.
So I have two simple requests:
Please vote. People’s lives depend on it.
Help me send messages to Democrats across Texas on Monday telling them to vote.
Send Rick Perry, the Republicans in the Legislature, and the hate mongers and religious zealots a message by helping us have a huge turnout of Democrats on Tuesday."
(everybody on some dem party mailing list I dunno which one got that email, but I thought it was a good one to quote.)
I hope bigotry and hatred pisses you off as much as it pisses me off. Not voting is tacit approval of whatever the outcome is. You may get lucky, but if prop 2 passes and you didn't vote but could have, you'll feel guilty. Greed and Kimberly and Akutsu will disapprove of you.