Posted in Bill, blog, co-sponsor, DADT, Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, NY Times, Presque Isle Files, Sammy25, tagged Bill, blog, co-sponsor, DATA, Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, NY Times, Presque Isle Files, Sammy25 on October 8, 2009|
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So I am back from my meeting with our Congress person’s aide and the meeting thankfully went pretty well. I suspect we wouldn’t have to many issues considering the Congress person has already co-sponsered several bills to help with gay rights. The aide mentioned that we were a very well prepared group compared to others…which in my opinion is always something good to hear!
One of the most nerve wracking parts was waiting to do my presentionon ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act). The reason for the nerves is that the Bill already has 181-184 co-sponsers which is tremendous! Basically the more co-sponsors the better the chance the bill will be voted for and pass then move into the Senate or any committee that it may have to pass. So it was important to get our congress person’s John Hancock on the co-sponsorship list….it is basically their guarantee on voting yes on the Bill. Currently, in PA, there are 9 Reps. who haven’t signed the Bill (the most in the country!) It was up to a good presention to sale the Bill to our Congressperson and it was super important because the Bill has a ton of support already and the more support the better. Plus employment non-discrimination is important to all of us who have job and can be fired with no legal defense against discrimination.
So we will see what happens in the next few weeks and see if we got the co-sponsorship we need. Keep your fingers crossed! I suspect you are now wonder what 1,135 stands for. Recently, I found out that our married heterosexual counter parts have 1,135 more rights than gay couples do when their marriage is accepted by the government. Something we gay men and women do not have federally. I find it really interesting.
If you want to read a decent article regarding money discrepencies between heteresexual and homosexual couples here is a link to a recent NY Times article. It is a good read.
Overall, I’m glad the day is coming to a close and now can get a decent night of sleep! 🙂
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I’ve been gone for the past couple of days and while I was away it seems as if the gay world and politics have collided and not in a good way. While I might be a little late to the game but it seems as if DOJ is upholding DOMA and not giving good reasons why they may hold such an archaic law in place.
This folks is what I was talking about in my posts around election time. Over and over the gay community is courted for their votes by politicians with promises of equality and fairness when all the politicians are suffering from are delusions of political grandeur. Where does that leave the gay community? It leaves us again smarting from a wasted vote. Perhaps; but what is more troubling is the fact that the minute these politicians say something pro-gay our community goes racing to put said person on a pedestal. Is it idol worship? To some extent yes and frankly it burns us a lot. We are so quick to canonize those that “seem” to be pro-LGBT we don’t take a moment to step back and say what happens if…? For example, “What happens/or what does it mean if our President stands during a national debate and says he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman?” Or, “What happens if a hypocritical piece of legislation is passed and our President or Congress doesn’t say anything?” Or, “What happens if those politicians we voted for deem it the States job to define marriage 50 times though-out the nation?” Better yet, “What happens or what do we do, as a gay community, considering a week after DOJ/Obama Administration issues a statement upholding DOMA (which the Obama Admin said would be repealed), when the same Administration wants to invite us to a DNC LGBT Leadership Council Dinner/fundraiser?”
Yes you heard right, a week after Obama’s Administration is to gutless to stand up for the gay community and hides behind a weak DOJ brief regarding the ruling on Prop 8 they want us to donate our hard earned cash for a LGBT dinner. FUCK THAT!
We as a gay community need to boycott this dinner/fundraiser thing. We need to hold our political figures whom woo us for our votes to a higher standard and make them deliver on their promises. Or at least stop them from speaking out against us on rulings. I mean if member s of Congress and Obama’s Administration can stand in front of camera’s and say things like gay marriage can be decided on a State to State basis perhaps I should save my money for my State governance system. Or better yet perhaps I should save $30,400 (the max donation that a gay can give at this NDC dinner/fundraiser event) for the health care that my partner isn’t provided for because health care benefits aren’t provided to gay couples.
This disgusts and infuriates me. It is presumptuous and sickening. I say we boycott until Congress and the Obama Administration stands up and asks the world to understand and accept us instead of asking us for more money. We boycott until Obama and his people say DOMA and DADT are miscarriages of justice and do not provide the LGBT Community equal rights and benefits. We boycott until we see Congress, Obama, and Obama’s Administration grow a set. Because remember the DNC is asking for at least a $1000 for the LGBT Leadership Council dinner but the little brief the DOJ released said the following
“It is therefore permitted to maintain the unique privileges [the government] has afforded to [different-sex marriages] without immediately extending the same privileges, and scarce government resources, to new forms of marriage that States have only recently begun to recognize…DOMA maintains federal policies that have long sought to promote the traditional and uniformly-recognized form of marriage, recognizes the right of each State to expand the traditional definition if it so chooses, but declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize.”
So the government “declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize,” well I decline to obligate my hard earned money to people who have nothing to show for it.
Did I mention the brief compares gay marriage to incest? Yeah, insult to injury much…..
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Hello world. It’s so nice to be back. It has been so hectic at work I’ve been unable to blog appropriately to you all. Things have been going good! It feels so good to sit down and get to typing and seeing what has been going on in the blogging universe. Let’s catch you up with the happenings in Erie.
Frank and I have been seeing each other for just about three months. It has been great; he is a very nice guys and I enjoy the time we spend together. With that said dating hasn’t come without some rough patches. I’ve learned a whole bunch about juggling time between work, friends, family, and dating. It becomes even more difficult when Frank started meeting my friends. Our age difference still makes it awkward, at least for me, but what can I do. I can’t stop enjoying the company of my friends just because Frank is older than me/us. It has been a definite balancing act though. I try to spend specific days with Frank and specific days with friends…then toss in 8 hours of work and day to day errands and it gets a little exhausting. But all in all the dating is going well.
I just finished my summer schedule and literally every weekend this summer is filled. I have five weddings 3 of which I’m in and a variety of rehearsals dinners, ball games, and a cottage vacation with Lauren and her family. I’m burned out just thinking about it considering it begins the last weekend of this month.
Next Tuesday my Sister and I have tickets to go see Bruce Springsteen!!!!! I’m uber excited for it and going with my Sister. We are going to go early and try and get into the pit. I’m all about waiting in line for seven hours!!!!!!! Plus I have a half day of work on Monday then I head home to stay with my parents. It is going to be a great weekend!
Now for the really good stuff! Gay Marriage!!!! For those who haven’t been keeping up recent political movements Maine has legalized gay marriage! It is great step in our battle for equal rights. Not far behind Maine is New Hampshire. There are hammering out the fine details but I’ve heard that New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch would sign the bill if the churches had some security measures against legal recourse if they refuse to marry gay couples. Also on the march for rights is New York. Its own gay marriage bill has passed the house and will go to the Senate. This isn’t the first time New York has tried to pass a gay marriage bill (check the bottom of the link for the details).
But with all this great movement for our right to be married we do have to remember a couple things. First, we still have many, many states to see gay marriage bills passed. Including those states with mini-DOMA’s. Now is not the time to be complacent we need to still fight for our rights. Just because several states understand the idea behind progressing the rights others deserve there are many more that would like to keep marriage a purely hetersexual right. We Must Keep Fighting. Secondly, we cannot foreget other aspect of our fight for rights. We have to remember our transgendered community as well. Also we have to remember we can’t just fight for gay marriage we have to fight for all rights for our LGBT Community. I stumbled upon this article a few weeks ago and it is importantthat it be read. It notes the struggles that gay, binational couples/married couples have. You see while we hae some states that allow us to marry, federally we are not recognized as being married. Whcih means binational coules cannot recieive their green cards and live ina country that recognizes their marriage. This is an example of the differences between state and federally recognized rights. This leads me to my final thing to remember. These fights have been done at the state level not the federal level. At some point in time we will have to hold Obama, his Administration, and the current Congress to their promises of equalit and pass rights at the federal level. Otherwise our rights will memain a mishmas of gine and with-held rights. We deserve the full benefits of living in a country; this includes all rights provided by citizens and not just a buffet of rights.
Finally, last Thursday was my 1 year blog birthday. I want to thank all those of you out there that take the time to read my rants and raves. I love blogging and being part of such a wonderful and creative community. I especially want to give my blogroll a shout out! They help inspire and keep going. I love the discourse we have with one another. Everyone should check out those who are on my blogroll because they are awesome!!!! Woot woot!!!!!!!
Thank you bloggers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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