Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -
As a voter of conscience, I don't understand how anybody could pop a chad for a Republican. Last night's slap at people of color piggybacked months of campaigns against Hispanic and Latino workers and years of attacks on lesbian and gay families.
Of these offenses, I don't think any are as pronounced or as harmful to the GOP as their campaign against the freedom to marry. While African-American and LGBT voters are each roughly 7% of the voting population, 91% of LGBT voters cast ballots in the last presidential election. But those are direct votes.
When your party says - in your party platform - that my California Domestic Partner and I shouldn't be allowed to get married because our genitals make us worse parents than Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, it alienates not only us, but also everybody who has ever met us. Currently, 75% of children are being raised in 'non-nuclear' families like ours - the kind you say are incapable of raising kids. 75% of families is a big base to permanently lose.
Just last week, former Republican congressman Jack Kemp told the Washington Post "What are we going to do -- meet in a country club in the suburbs one day? If we're going to be competitive with people of color, we've got to ask them for their vote."
Think you're above it all? Hardly. In 2004 you successfully lobbied the Attorney General to invalidate my marriage, in 2005 you vetoed AB 849 which would have let us wed, and now you're on the verge of vetoing AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.
All my California Registered Domestic Partner and I want to do is raise our kids with the simplicity and security of marriage. You and your party have worked your hardest to prevent that fairness and freedom. It is something that me, my family, my friends, my coworkers and my church are going to remember when they vote.
Let me once again ask you to give us some options at the polls: please sign AB 43 into law instead of vetoing your party further down the sewer.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -
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