President Obama, via the Justice Department, finally filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Supreme Court in support of the repeal of California’s Proposition 8. Tony Perkins would like you to believe that this makes President Obama a Tyrant – he’s the leader of a free nation, who is exercising his power to overturn a measure literally voted into law by the people of a state.
To the 7,001,084 Californians who exercised their constitutional right to protect marriage, the President’s decision is a deep betrayal of the democratic process and America’s identity of political diversity.
Well, here’s the reality: 7,001,084 Californians perverted the democratic process in their state by using it to insert their personal and religious beliefs into the state constitution, therein disenfranchising a minority of their hard-won fundamental rights. They did this even though there was no rational basis for the law; the law was solely an implementation of legal discrimination based on religious beliefs.
President Obama is (finally) exercising his authority as President of the United State to defend and protect The Constitution of the United States, and the rights granted therein. If President Obama is a tyrant for filing a brief, The Emancipation Proclamation must have made President Lincoln the worst tyrant in the history of the world. By executive order, President Lincoln freed every slave in the South, against the express beliefs of half of the nation.
I’m sure that you are receiving many letters from other members of the LGBT community, but I felt it important to write one of my own.
I have to admit that when I first heard that you were filing a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, I feared your motives. I didn’t believe that you had our best interests at heart. I see now that I was wrong, and apologize for my quick and incorrect judgment.
Thank you for all of the work you’ve done so far. Your achievements have brought me and my brothers and sisters one step closer to the equality for which we’ve been fighting. I will do what I can to support your continued efforts, as you take the fight to the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court.
Aaron T. Akins 8/14/2010
This letter is the first of what I hope will be a series of letters posted to this site. I will send the letters via USPS on (red) cards from Hallmark.
Joe Jervis over at J.M.G. linked an excellent video into his blog today. Created by Rob Tisinai, it is a response to both the claims of Hak-Shing William Tam at the Prop 8 trial and the hateful ignorance spewed by Heteroseparatist.com.
Joe Jervis over at J.M.G. linked an excellent video into his blog today that I’m re-linking below. It was created by Rob Tisinai (of Waking Up Now), in response to both the claims of Hak-Shing William Tam at the Prop 8 trial and the vile hatred spewed by Heteroseparatist.com (to whom I will not link). The video is a brief, but powerful debunking of the “gay molester” myth.
Of all the ugly, terrible myths out there about LGBT’s, this one is the most traumatizing to me. Individuals in my family think I’m gay because I was molested (I wasn’t) and have implied that I can’t be trusted with children. I can’t think of any more terrible accusation or assumption to make about someone.