Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -
I want to give you a window into the constant “buzz” of hatred that pervades my daily life.
A YouTube user named "Danielstwin" commented on one of my YouTube videos saying
“we will see lololo [California’s fag marriages] will be overturned... no fags”
to which I immediately replied
“According to your profile, you are a fan of Ron Paul and his philosophy of libertarianism, and you talk about freedom for everybody. But you won't let the gays get married. Instead you run around the internet calling people 'fag' when they haven't done anything to you. Abraham Lincoln said "those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves." If you really want your own freedom - Ron Paul fan - you are obliged to give it to others. You'll be surprised [by what happens when you give freedom.]“Danielstwin” followed up with a personal message:
i have many gay friends and mother was a lesbian for years....i have no problem and think fag may have been a little over board. i just get tired of hearing liberals cry over all there bullshit. i am athiust and beleive that only woman and men should be married.. if there was a private island for gays to live and be wed great but there is not and i do not want my kids asking me growing up why are those men kissing. give me a break what is this country teaching are children... you know the facts are the facts a top DNA expert of the usa has said blacks are not as smart as whites and are more barbaric. they cant help it its in there animalistic being.,and he said he can prove it... so why hide this were did this guy go??????? we have been enslaved they freed slaves and endlaved all of us..... well sorry if i offended you but no gay weddings... if men were suppost to be together a man could get pregnant. if you can pull that off i will agree lolol daniel
I was obliged to respond, as I am prone to do.
Greetings, Daniel. If you have many lesbian and gay friends (and close relatives) then you know that they just want to be treated with the same dignity and respect as anybody else.
My husband and I have been together through two of Britney Spears' marriages. We looked each other in the eyes and made the same promises that every married couple does on Valentine's Day 2004. We had two kids through a process called gestational surrogacy that was developed to help infertile couples have children. We both did our part as men, and we were just as pregnant as any man can ever be. Our kids were baptized in our Episcopal church and they're just learning to walk.
Our family knows we are married, our friends know we are married, our church knows we are married, and now finally even our state acknowledges that we are married.
I am probably more tired of liberals crying over their bullshit than even you! I don't care about rubbing my sexuality into other people's faces. But I am also tired of seeing my neighbors - and good people like yourself - running around saying that people like me - who happens to believe marriage is about more than sex - are not entitled to their beliefs, or their freedom.
I hope that when your kids see two men kissing, you can teach them that while you might not like it, this is a free country and that those men must love each other a whole lot - just like your parents love each other. Loving somebody doesn't make somebody less human; in fact, doesn't it make them more?
What is better, teaching your kids the difference between love and sex, or that it's OK to run around calling anybody they disagree with a 'fag?'
Same-sex marriage doesn't hurt anybody. And let's face it - if America sent all of her gays to an island, everybody would want to visit!
Governor, I am proud to live in a country where people can express their beliefs and ideas freely without fear of retribution. I am blessed that God gave me the means, wisdom and opportunity to speak back. When I do, I have the power to change hearts and minds; but every time I do, I wonder what citizenship we have been teaching our children that they can claim their freedom to speak, believe and marry, yet stop short of allowing those freedoms to others.
The Constitutional Amendment to Limit Marriage before voters this fall is the test of that citizenship. I pray that California will past the test by defeating the measure, and leave no American behind.