XGW Digest: May 23, 2009
-Moscow police forcibly break up a Slavic Pride demonstration.
-Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a 20-year veteran and decorated fighter pilot, is discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
-The New Hampshire House rejects Gov. Lynch’s proposed changes to its same-sex marriage bill.
-The Illinois legislature is scheduled to vote on a civil unions bill next week.
-Colorado extends benefits to partners of gay and lesbian state employees.
-Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons signs a bill barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
-The California Supreme Court will issue its ruling on Proposition 8 this Tuesday, May 26.
-Timothy Kincaid takes a look at Maggie Gallagher’s latest marriage survey.
No one seems to be writing much lately and so I will take up the torch and write something …
What Prop 8 and the California Supreme Court Did to Me
Prop 8 and the California Supreme Court took away my chance for life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.
Prop 8 and the California Supreme Court have made me a 5th class citizen – my partner is a non-citizen, so now as it stands in California:
1st class citizens – married or potential married heteroes
2nd class citizens – married LGBT couples who made it through the window in the nick of time
3rd class citizens – LGBT couples in domestic partnerships
4th class citizens – LGBT people not in either a domestic partnership or who were married during the window of freedom
5th class citizens – LGBT people whose partner is a non-citizen
Prop 8 and the California Supreme Court have taken my dreams away.
Prop 8 and the California Supreme Court have allowed a group of people who despise me to dictate my partner and I’s legal status.
But Prop 8 and the California Supreme Court has not taken my soul nor my faith nor my love for my husband (although by law he is not considered as such). They took my right to marry but they did not take my right to speak out. And even if they have cotton in their ears their going to hear my Ethel Merman Volume Voice.