marriage equality

How NOM Works Against Marriage Equality by Fred Karger

I was going to share this FB post about how NOM (National Organization for Marriage) works against marriage equality in a Huff Po piece written by former Presidential candidate, Fred Karger, but then decided to post it here on the blog because I’d like it to get more exposure. And I don’t want it getting mixed up with so many stupid facebook political status updates by ill-informed people who can’t seem to focus on anything other than slamming political candidates in one direction or the other. We get it: you don’t like Obama. We get it: you don’t like Romney. But stop putting it in our faces. Go tell someone who cares and start doing something positive for a change.

But I digress (smile). I’m focused on a few issues, and marriage quality is one of them. In the article to which I’m linking Karger goes into detail about how NOM actually hinders marriage equality, and with a great deal of money.

The LGBT community and everyone who cares about fairness and equality face four crucial votes next Tuesday in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington State. All four elections are the doing of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

NOM has an unlimited amount of money at its disposal and is hell-bent on hurting millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans every conceivable way possible, especially at the ballot box.

In 2009 the Maine State Legislature passed and the Governor signed a historic bill allowing marriage equality in the Pine Tree State. On the first day possible NOM hired professional signature gatherers to qualify a referendum to repeal it. NOM was successful.

I’m not going to elaborate on this because Karger did a better job than I could ever do. If you care about marriage equality, I suggest you read the article in full. And feel free to share it. It’s a lot more positive than sharing touched up photos of Donald Trump’s hair flying around in the wind.

History in the Making: The Democratic National Committee Embraces Marriage Equality

Though I try to stay out of politics because I’m an independent voter, I wanted to post this about the Democratic National Committee embracing Marriage Equality.

According to this public e-mail:

After a unanimous decision, the drafting committee for the Democratic National Convention embraced marriage equality as part of our platform for the 2012 Convention.

The next step will be for the full platform committee to vote on it, after which it will be presented to the delegates at the Convention in Charlotte for a final vote. Make no mistake: This is a historic step toward fairness for all. Once again, Democrats are fighting to move this country forward.

Beneath this information in the e-mail this link is provided, in support of marriage equality.

As I have stated time and again, I’m not politically active. But I do think this issue of marriage equality is about history in the making and I’m not going to ignore it. Especially since I watched a TV show last night with the ever so humble Ms. Sarah Palin talking about Chick-fil-a and the “homosexual agenda.”

Now I’m not one of those who ever bashed Ms. Palin for being stupid and all those other things we’ve heard about her. In fact, I find she’s *extremely* intelligent, so smart she’s dangerous. When she says “homosexual” instead of “gay” or “lgbt” she’s offering her own slur to the lgbt community and only those paying close attention to her exact words will actually “get” what she’s really trying to say.

So when history is being made in this country, and I’m being discriminated against because I’m gay and have been with my partner for twenty years, you don’t have to think about it for too long to see where my vote is going this fall. And for the record, I wasn’t a huge Obama supporter. But I’m basing my vote this time on the information I’m getting, and marriage equality happens to be the biggest issue to me at this time.