Quinn: Make The Lie of The Law Go Away

Posted in Christine Quinn, Governor David Patterson, Marriage, New York, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by thepowerny

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the first woman and first openly gay person to hold that office, emotionally spoke at a press conference today at which Governor David Patterson re-introduced gay marriage legislation.

Highlights

If I thought back in my life beyond my wildest dreams that I would stand a press conference next to the governor of my state next to the mayor of my city, and have both of those individuals pledge their full support for me and my family, to pledge publically in front of the state, this has to happen, that the laws have to  change to make LGBT families fully recognized, something that not long ago was less than a dream.  It seemed so impossible.  We now have the governor of our state not saying “I’m for this,” which would be great, but saying, “I am going to make this happen and I am going to make it happen soon.”

New York is a state that was built and blazed on the idea that people should have equality and be treated the same.  So that minority of people who have become too vocal and too listenened too, their’s a simple question:  Look me in the eye and tell me that Kim and I aren’t a family.  That we don’t struggle every day.  That we don’t pay taxes.  That we don’t work every day for this city.  No one can look me or her in the eye and tell us that because that is not true.  And today begins the step forward to make the lie of the law in New York State go away and make the lie of the marriage law in our city evaporate and to make our laws ones that are truthful that recognize every family as equal and affirm the love and commitment and struggle that unites all of our families.

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N.Y. Gov. Patterson Introduces Gay Marriage Bill

Posted in Governor David Patterson, Marriage, New York with tags , , , on April 16, 2009 by thepowerny

Highlights

I am here to speak against those who I think are antagonistic and antithetical, and always have been, not only to to marriage equality but equality for all LGBT citizens, who have stoked the flames of what is an honest difference of opinion or even trepidation in favor of making sure no legislation is passed at all and I will not permit it on my watch.  It’s time to take a stand!

This is an issue of civil rights.  Now, This for me is an issue of families, not just for walking down the aisle in ceremonious celebration, but for the rights of intestacy, for 1300 to 1400 rights that don’t exist unless a couple has civil rights.  You can have civil unions but you won’t have rights.  For me this is a time to fulfill the promise of our founding Constitution which implored us to expand the rights of the Union, and our our founding Constitution has been expanded to include African Americans, the right of women to vote, the right of Americans to get citizenship here in this country.  And we want to extend these rights in those rights to all people.  For too long the gay and lesbian communities have been told their rights and liberties have to wait. 

The time has come to act.  The time has come for leadership.  The time has come to bring marriage equality to New York.

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Urgent – Tell Senator Onorato (D – Queens) to stand up for marriage equality

Posted in Marriage, New York, Senator George Onorato, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 15, 2009 by jeremiahfp

We live in exciting times and the march toward equality is moving forward. Four states currently grant gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. New York should be the fifth state – marriage equality passed the State Assembly and Governor Paterson has promised to sign the legislation into law. If the State Senate votes for marriage equality, New Yorkers of all sexual orientation will enjoy the right to marry.

Today, two Astorians and I met with Senator George Onorato, the State Senator who represents us. Senator Onorato made it clear that he opposes marriage equality and that he plans to vote against it in the State Senate. He says that Astoria is a “conservative district” and that most Astorians agree with him that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Senator is standing on the wrong side of history, and he is doing it in our names.  I think the Senator is wrong about our community. If you live in Astoria and you think marriage is a right that should be available to all, please call Senator Onorato’s office at 518-455-3486 and let his staff know how you feel.

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Why We Fight

Posted in Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, Dignity for All Students Act, GLSEN, National Day of Silence, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by thepowerny

glsen_articlesimage_large2400w200hnormOn Tuesday of last week, when we were reveling in reports that Vermont had enacted same-sex marriage, that Washington D.C. had voted to recognize out-of-district same-sex marriages, and that Governor Patterson of New York said he would introduce same-sex marriage legislation, Sirdeaner L. Walker of Springfield, Massachusetts (where gay marriage is legal), was morning the death of her 11 year-old son, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover.  Carl killed himself the day before because bullies constantly called him gay.

As we make swift advances for gay rights that we never thought possible, it’s easy to relax and assume that with Democrats in control of Congress, the White House, a majority of state legislatures, and a majority of governorships, that our struggle is all downhill from here and that we can leave the fight up to lobbyists and well-financed organizations.   But can we call ourselves successful as a movement as long as this is happening?  The attitudes that have kept us from having equal rights are the same attitudes which condition young children to bully others with words like, “gay” and “fag.”  While network news may chalk it up to routine bullying, we have to stand up and say this is learned behavior and it’s not acceptable.

Friday GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network), will sponsor the 13th National Day of Silence, during which students at 8,000 educational institutions and their supporters will take some vow of silence during the day to bring attention to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) name-calling, bullying and harassment.  Edge Publications reports that anti-gay groups are advising parents to keep their children home to avoid being exposed to the peaceful protest.

While so much attention is being given to the adult issue of marriage, we must stand up and fight for the youth as well.

If you live in New York, call your state senator (click here to find out who they are) to tell them the importance of supporting the Dignity for All Students Act.  It has passed the Assembly every year for the last seven years.  Let’s make sure it becomes law.  For children like Carl.

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Note to NOM: Gay Marriage = Religious Freedom

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by thepowerny

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Who Are These People?????

Posted in Anti-Gay Ads, Commercials, Gathering Storm, MSNBC, National Organization for Marriage, Rachel Maddow with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by thepowerny

Last week we told you  that YouTube was ignoring fair use rules when it yanked the Gathering Storm audtion tapes for a claimed copyright violation.  Fortunately, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow still has the original report on her site.

Being gay, we’re big supporters of the arts, and we think these actors deserve their fifteen minutes under the microscope of fame. Let’s help the actors in the National Organization for Marriage “Gathering Storm” commercial by finding out their names (their email addresses and phone numbers would be nice too). So if you know these people, help make them famous by posting their names in the comments. Skip through the clip to two minutes and eight seconds to see the audition tapes.

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Action: Tell Obama That Marriage Opponents Follow His Lead. Stop the Obama Defense Now.

Posted in Actions, Barack Obama, Brian Bond, Hawaii, Maggie Gallagher, Marriage, National Organization for Marriage, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by thepowerny

Last  week we asked you to join us in calling Democratic members of the Vermont House of Representatives who had voted against the gay marriage bill to ask them to vote to override the Republican governor’s veto.  When we did, we learned about something rather disturbing.  We’ll call it The Obama Defense.  Time and again, callers reported back to us that Democratic office holders who espoused an opposition to gay marriage and a support of the existing civil union law defended their position by saying it was identical to President Obama’s.  They were right.

This has to stop now.  Contact Brian Bond, the White House  LGBT Liason, and ask him to tell the President that his separate-but-equal campaign position on marriage jeopardizes equality at the state level.  Tell him that when rogue Democrats at the state level oppose marriage using the Obama Defense, he has a duty as party leader to tell them to vote with their caucus for equality.  Tell him that with Democrats threatening to block marriage legislation in New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Hawaii, the only acceptable position is for him to support marriage equality now.   

brian_bondx3901Brian Bond
White House Director of Outreach and LGBT Liason
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1111
E-mail: bbond@who.eop.gov

 

A year ago, gay people might have found a separate-but-equal pro-civil union position adequate, but Proposition 8 changed everything.   Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage, but it did nothing to the existing California law which permits gay people to obtain civil unions.   That said, it completely exposed the animus that underlies such a system.  Our loss forced us to take a close look at the advertising that was used against us, the organizations that opposed us, and the lies, hate, and fear they spread there and that they are are now spreading throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States.  In other words, we learned that separate is not equal. 

President Obama thinks that whether to recognize same-sex relationships is to be determined by the states and that his only responsibility in the matter is to make sure that recognized relationships get federal benefits. 

Unfortunately we have seen that his unwillingness to use the bully pulpit of the presidency to speak out for equality exposes us to greater lies and indignities.   As President, he has a duty to make sure that LGBT people are able to live with the same dignity and community respect as all other people.

The Windy City Times reported that when President Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, he was unequivocally for same-sex marriage

President-elect Obama’s answer to a 1996 Outlines newspaper question on marriage was: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” There was no use of the phrase “civil unions”. [ Outlines purchased Windy City Times in 2000 and merged companies. ]

Now is the time for President Obama to return to that position, to lead the Democratic Party and the country as the “fierce defender of equality for LGBT people” that he says he always has been.  It is time for him to be a leader who provides no defenses for legislators who support separate-but-equal positions.

It is time for us to tell him that NOW IS OUR TIME.

Contact

Brian Bond
White House LGBT Liason
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1111
E-mail: bbond@who.eop.gov

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