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The Power Online Visits Sen Onorato’s District Office – Part 1

Posted in Senator George Onorato with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by jonwinkleman

There’s a new Ruben Diaz, Sr. in town, and his name is George Onorato.  He’s another New York Democratic Senator who has declared his opposition to gay marriage even though he represents a very gay district.  It seems that members of The Power from NY State Senator George Onorato’s district who asked for a meeting were told they needed to travel to Albany to talk to him. The Power doesn’t play that game. You represent us.  You meet with us.  You explain your positions to us.  You do not rule by fiat.  You rule by the will of the people.

We made the first of many visits to Onorato’s district office in Long Island City Queens where we were encountered by an office manager who refused to provide an answer for the Senator’s position.

Starting today, if you live in Astoria, Woodside, or Long Island City and have a friend with a camera that shoots video,

  1. Please visit Senator Onorato’s district office and urge his staff to tell him to vote for same sex marriage. 
  2. And when they say he won’t, document their reasons, and do press for a reason. 
  3. As a constituent demand to know why your elected representative is opposing civil rights. 
  4. And then post it in the comments here so we can share it with the entire country.

Visit Sen Onorato’s district office at:
28-11 Astoria Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11102
(between 28th and 29th St)

Call Sen George Onorato today and EVERY DAY and demand he support same sex marriage in New York now.
district office: 718-545-9706

Now is our time.

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UPDATE: The NOMbie Facebook Page Becomes the Place for Gays to Meet

Posted in Facebook, National Organization for Marriage, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 18, 2009 by jeffbhall

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Last week we told you about the new NOMbie Facebook Page.  It was reported to us that some of the comments from advocates of equality were being censored.  We called you to action and asked you to join the group and let the NOMbies hear our voice.

Today we have new reports that they have either changed their tactics or simply gave up on their censorship campaign.  Because of your actions, The National Organization of Bigoted Homophobes for Marriage Facebook Page has now become a portal for the true pro marriage and equality community to connect, trade links and share resources in the fight against those who seek to deny us of equal civil rights.  The comments section of each hate filled article has been taken over by YOU; and you have demonstrated that actions like this do have an effect on the conversation.

The Executive Director of The National Organization Against Gays for Marriage, Brian Brown, acknowledged your efforts in his most recent email to the NOMbie membership.  He refers to us as, “…a network of powerful people capable of punishing anyone who disagrees, backed by angry netroot mobs”.

Brian S. Brown Executive Director National Organization for Marriage 20 Nassau Street, Suite 242 Princeton, NJ  08542 bbrown@nationformarriage.org

Brian S. Brown Executive Director National Organization for Marriage 20 Nassau Street, Suite 242 Princeton, NJ 08542 bbrown@nationformarriage.org

This acknowledgment, from the smiling hate filled face of the NOMbie bigots leadership, shows that YOU DO HAVE THE POWER to shape the debate.  Thanks to all of you who have made a difference.  More actions are coming, stay tuned to The Power.

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Vermont Same Sex Marriage and Obama’s Legacy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by jonwinkleman

With the passage of full marriage equality for same-sex couples in Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut and Massachusetts, history has chosen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights to be the defining American struggle for equality and civil rights during Barack Obama’s Presidency. President Obama has left little doubt that his role models are Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Both of who have a legacy as courageous civil rights figures. Although racial discrimination still exists, most of the major legal and legislative battles for racial equality have already been fought. LGBT equality may be the civil rights issue that defines Obama’s historical legacy.

 

Monday morning, I called Vermont State Representative Cynthia Browning of Arlington at home and asked her to vote with the Vermont Democratic Party and support an override of Governor Jim Douglas’s expected veto of the same sex marriage equality bill. During out warm and friendly chat Rep. Browning implied that she was the real loyal Democrat because unlike the Vermont Democratic Party, it is she who is supporting President Obama’s exact position on same sex marriage.

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POWER ACTION: Tell VT Democrats to Do The Right Thing Right Now!

Posted in Actions, Cynthia Browning, Marriage, Tim Corcoran, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by jonwinkleman

To win full marriage equality in Vermont we must push Democrats who voted against the marriage bill to vote with their party and override Republican Governor Jim Douglas’s veto.

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is expected to follow through on his threat to veto gay marriage legislation tonight.  The Vermont House of Representatives could vote on whether to overturn the veto as early as Tuesday.   The legislation passed the House on Thursday with a vote of 95-52.  In order to guaranty that we will overturn the veto, we need 100 votes.   Don’t wait until after the vote to get angryAct now to ensure we win!

TEN Democrats voted against marriage last Thursday.  Three are expected to vote to override a veto as a show of party unity.  We need two more.  We must act today!

So if you do nothing else today, join us in calling these two Democrats to tell them to do the right thing and support the Democratic caucus in overturning the veto:

browningRep Cynthia Browning-Democrat
District Office: 802-375-9029
Home Phone: 802-375-9019

Email:  cynthiab@sover.net (call first, it’s easier to ignore email)

Browning has been under extraordinary pressure from her colleagues, but has yet to move.   The Burlington Banner reported:  “Browning said her vote had nothing to do with religion, but rather the fundamental purpose of marriage. “It’s not based on religion. It’s actually based on a view of how our society works … on an anthropological basis,” she said. [emphasis added]

tim-corcoranRep. Tim Corcoran-Democrat
District Office: 802-447-0929
Home Phone: 802-442-8419

The Banner also reported: ” Rep. Timothy Corcoran II, a Bennington Democrat, also voted against the bill. He called the decision the most difficult of his seven years in Montpelier. “It came down to what my belief of what marriage is, and that is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I just couldn’t get over that at the end of the day.”

“I’m going to have to live with it,” Corcoran added. “No matter how I voted it was going to upset a lot of people. It’s unfortunate, but that’s my job, and ultimately I will be held accountable.” ”

And in fact he will. 

If you want to see marriage in Vermont, YOU MUST come out to these legislators (you can also come out as a straight person who has LGBT loved ones you care deeply about). Tell your own personal stories AND THEN tell them that their actions affect you and your loved ones and that they must vote with the Vermont Democratic Party to override Gov. Douglas’s veto. 

CALL THEM BOTH NOW!

TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW  TO CALL

After you call (and tell your friends after they call), respond to this poll so we can keep track of how many people are calling:

And whatever happens, commit to supporting primary challenges against any Democrat who does not support an override of the veto.

YOU HAVE THE POWER

For a complete list of Democrats who voted against marriage click here.  Answer the poll each time you call any of them.

Little Miss Sunshine: Maggie Gallagher

Posted in Commercials, Maine, Marriage, National Organization for Marriage, New Hampshire, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by thepowerny

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Don’t be fooled by this pretty face.  It’s the face of evil.  If you haven’t met yet, it’s Maggie Gallagher, who is most succintly described as Anita Bryant for the New Millenium without the orange juice.  The head of the National Organization for Marriage, Maggie has launched two scary anti-marriage radio ads in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine which predictably blame the economic depression on marriage equality legislation pending in those states.  The ads were produced by Schubert Flint Public Affairs, the same hatemongers who managed the Yes On 8 Proposition 8 campaign in California.  Just as in California, the ads stress that marriage will be shoved down voters throats, “Whether we like it or not.”

One ad, backed by ominous music befitting a John Carpenter movie, darkly proclaims “Legalizing gay marriage has consequences for kids.”  Doesn’t that sound like an episode of Law & Order SVU? 

Another ad is backed by an unnerving repeated beep that sounds like an EKG on the fritz in an ICU.  Someone could die!  The ad warns that if legislators pass a marriage equality bill, soon children “will be thinking the unthinkable.”  Not the unthinkable?!?! 

What’s The Unthinkable you may ask?  A kid wondering, “If my dad married another man, who would my mom be?”   Let’s think about this for a second.  If your dad married another woman, your mother would be that person suing your dad for child support and alimony.  That’s not hard to figure out.  You know it wouldn’t be any different if your dad married another man.  Clearly the scariest thing about this ad is not gay marriage, but how stupid the kids are. 

But seriously, this website is terrifying in its simplicity.  The ads are creepy and the actions are simple.  And while this may be one of the most fear and hate provoking websites out there, it’s still able to get away with criticizing Barney Frank for calling Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a homophobe.  The site actually asks visitors to send Barney Frank a message that, “Hate is not an American value. Stop the insults, Stop the childish Name-calling.”  Unbelievable.

Here’s some contact info for the ad’s creators and National Organization for Marriage.  Knock yourself out. 

Ad creators:  Email these guys and tell them to stop profiteering from hate. 

schubertfrankFrank Schubert – frank@schubertflintpa.com

 

 

flintjeff1Jeff Flint-   jeff@schubertflintpa.com

 

 

Members of the National Organization for Marriage Board of Directors

stetsonChuck Stetson – PEI Investments –  212-750-2933

 

 

matthollandMatthew Holland – Son of Jefrey R. Holland, one of the 12 Mormon Apostles – Brigham Young University – email:  matt_holland@byu.edu   – phone:  801-422-3982

And don’t forget to call the Governors of Vermont and New Hampshire!