June 17, 2006

Know thy neighbors, thy friends and thy family

"... and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

Florida law prohibits same-sex unions and criminalizes adoption of children by gays and lesbians. Yet many politicians, religious leaders and voters are convinced that additional discriminatory language must be added to the state constitution to protect heterosexual marriage.

The proposed Florida Marriage Protection Amendment reads:

"Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."

"If Florida voters pass this constitutional amendment, not only will hundreds of thousands of tax-paying gay and lesbian couples forever be denied equal access to civil marriage, but all other forms of legal recognition, including domestic partnerships and civil unions, may no longer be valid or recognized." (Know Thy Neighbor)

Leading foes of equal rights identified by name

This week the Christ Church of Peace, a nondenominational church in Jacksonville, launched a campaign to identify the sponsors, endorsers, and 400,000 Florida petitioners who support the amendment. The campaign was quickly denounced by groups that support the initiative.

"It's a gross invasion of people's privacy," said John Stemberger, president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council, an offshoot of James Dobson's national Christian conservative group Focus on the Family. (
Miami Herald)

To santimonious gay bashers, the dissemination of public records -- by a church, no less -- is simply more evidence of the persecution of true Christians. Their reaction to losing the flimsy cloak of anonymity reveals the typical, unsurprising hypocrisy that marks all their self-righteous crusades of prejudice, intolerance and hate.

In perusing the list of amendment petitioners, I found not only many of my own neighbors (one next door, in fact), but family members (near and far), friends (straight and gay), and past business and professional associates; names of women who have married and divorced numerous times; names of married men who have conducted sexual affairs with married women (and with other men); names of convicted felons and their parents; names of people who never question the financial subsidies (medical, Social Security, retirement and other benefits) they and their families derive from gays and lesbians whose families are excluded from equal benefits and legal security; names of parents guilty of abusing and neglecting their own children; names of those who support state laws that deny countless foster children a permanent, loving family.

Read, and weep.


Anonymous said...

A voter's guide:

Florida candidates who signed the petition.

Wife of Rep. Adam Putnam

Ed & Sondra Bowlin, congressional candidate for District 12

Katherine Harris

aikane said...

Thanks for the Putnam/Bowlin/Harris links.

Before the primaries, I checked several candidates, but may have missed some. So, if you find others, please let me know and I'll post them before Nov. 9.

Also signing the petition:

* John Stargel, candidate to fill a newly created Circuit Court seat. Four members of his household signed. He was a state rep and (unethically, in my opinion) transferred his campaign fund for representative to his judicial campaign. Based on name recognition, he won by a wide margin. Can gays and lesbians expect fairness in his court?

* John E. Kirkland, Polk County Judge Group 10, signed. After wining in a 3-way race, he was "grateful to God and all his supporters." Can gays and lesbians expect fairness in his court?

* Kay Fields, handily won re-election to Polk County School Board. "Quite naturally, I have to give God all the glory," she said. Can gay and lesbian educators - and students - expect fairness in her policies?