Sunday, October 19, 2008

YouTube YES on PROP 8 video

I just saw this on YouTube.

A very well done video about YES on PROP 8 - based on facts from that recent NPR article. Young Adults in California unite to vote YES on Prop 8 to protect our freedoms of speech and religion. That's what is at stake in this election process - on the state level and on a national level.

As you prepare to vote, or cast absentee ballots... maybe take a review of this article. I've copied the most salient part below.

Obama's letter opposing same-sex marriage ban

The text of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club's Pride Breakfast and to congratulate you on continuing a legacy of success, stretching back thirty-six years. As one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the country, you have continually rallied to support Democratic candidates and causes, and have fought tirelessly to secure equal rights and opportunities for LGBT Americans in California and throughout the country.

As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.

For too long. issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.

Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks. My thanks again to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for allowing me to be a part of today's celebration. I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, and I wish you all continued success.


Barack Obama

Obama clearly plans to repeal the federal defense of marriage act as soon as he gets into office, no matter what he or Biden have said in the debates. This will nullify the work, and voice of citizens across the nation. Are we ready to be persecuted for our different beliefs, for our right to free speech and religion? It's one thing to offer everyone equal rights (which California already does), it's another to reverse discriminate. I can't help but feel as though a sense of self-loathing permeates the gay rights movement, and now they're continuing their work to take it out on the rest of us. Is it a self-esteem thing... or a "we're miserable and we want you to be miserable" too? If it's not any of those reasons - there are better ways of going about this...and destroying the definition of marriage is a rash, foolish and dangerous decision for our society.

And... I love how politicians say one thing to one group... even though they clearly feel strongly one way. Ack.


cabesh said...

Here's the part of the article that set me off: "I was thrilled to see the senator step up to the plate and say how he feels about discrimination," he said. And while Obama might personally oppose same-sex marriage, Turman said the candidate "is well on the way to being educated."

So, he's saying that unless you accept same-sex marriage you're not educated? Talk about narrow minded, judgmental, etc.

Queen Scarlett said...

Yep... why is it that if you believe in faith, family and patriotism you're automatically uneducated?

It's just another tactic to shut-down our right to free speech. Slap a label on someone, ostracize them and you've taken away their voice in this ridiculous PC world we live in.

emily said...

thanks for posting this, i just got finished watching a video that say obama opposes a change in the marriage definition.

Amy said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing.... guess you can't believe all of the talk about "all candidates are in support of prop 8".