Thursday, October 26, 2006

Goin' on the record

My Assemblyman, Michael J. Panter, has a blog where he wrote a post last May about rights for same-sex couples. He was very clear that he would not support a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Does that mean he would vote for a bill legalizing same-sex marriage?

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, Assemblyman Brian Stack and Assemblyman (Speaker Pro-Tem) Wilfredo Caraballo have stated that they would propose a bill to allow same-sex marriage. I just put a comment on Asm. Panter's blog requesting he tell us how he would vote. It's time to start hammering away at our legislators, telling them how we feel so they know when they go to vote on the bill (and the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which will be out there too.)

It's time to stand up for what you believe in- "separate-but-equal" simply won't cut it. If some people aren't allowed to use the word "marriage," it ain't equal.


Bob said...

I understand the sentiment about "marriage." But I think it is sentiment, & fighting over a religiously symbolic button word is at this moment a losing battle for gays in America. It's time for government to start getting out of the What is marriage? game & move toward designating the contract as a "civil union" for everyone.

Sharon GR said...

I couldn't agree with you more that the legal definition should be a civil union, and if you wish to seek a "marriage" as your particular church/tradition defines it, fine.

Unfortunately, it ain't gonna happen. Those who are already legally married will scream about being downgraded. As much as that would be a clear and logical solution, clarity and logic aren't what this is about.

Sharon GR said...

Panter's blog has comment mediation, and my comment isn't posted yet, let alone responded to.