Monday, April 09, 2007

Testimony is currently being heard in Salem

I'm working this evening but am watching the live streaming video of the testimony for and against the bills aimed at protecting gay and lesbian Oregonians in the workplace, and partnerships. I know it's going to be a tough evening, I blogged about the testimony in the Senate last time. While friends and colleagues are there in person, I'm so proud of them for doing so, but I couldn't bring myself to face up against those who revile me. I've done it before. And I'll fight the fight in lots of ways, but these testimonies are hard. Thank you to all of the blue shirts there tonight testifying for our rights, and for my rights. And if you have the access, watch the testimony and hear people's stories of being evicted from their homes for being gay, denied a hotel room, and not having their relationships respected in times of medical decisions or death. And to think it's 2007.

2 comments:

patti_cake said...

"hear people's stories of being evicted from their homes for being gay, denied a hotel room, and not having their relationships respected in times of medical decisions or death. And to think it's 2007." that just leaves me speechles... and sad.

DLT said...

It never ceases to amaze me that those who scream the loudest about their rights, are those that stomp others down keeping them from basic rights.

Someone please explain to me how a gay or lesbian couple getting married will affect my marriage? There is nothing to fear. If your leaders are teaching you to fear it's time to find a new leader. If my marriage becomes a problem because someone else is allowed to marry, I shouldn't be married in the first place.

I'm sorry this happens, I keep writing to lawmakers, I keep protesting. Sometimes it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but other times it appears hopeless.

I know its tough to listen to, but we all must keep standing up for what is right. Hang in there, we all will keep fighting against the obnoxiously loud idiots who want to keep others in chains, until they are muzzled enough to let the constitution come to the forefront and lawmakers realize it is not up to the religious wrong to dictate their immorality, even if they are the majority.

It is up to lawmakers to find the courage and vote to give everyone equal rights, or the courts to strike down any laws put into place that keep people from them. Because it is the righteous thing to do.