Posts tagged ‘American Idol’

June 14th, 2009

Today’s letter – let’s address the actual issues in the 2010 race for California Governor

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

The race for Governor is heating up. I wish one side or the other could be trusted to actually end the gridlock in Sacramento, but that hasn’t happened.

I presume that you want a Republican to win. But with the way that the Democrats are positioning themselves, it looks like it might come down to an equality-vs-apartheid competition just like Proposition 8, and I predict that will open the door for a pro-marriage Governor to take your place.

Governor, as we learned from the 1983 film “War Games,” the only way to win this game is not to play it. The only way to disarm the Democrats on the issue of same-sex marriage is to agree that Prop 8 was a bad idea and work towards marriage equality in this state and country as fast as we can.

I hope you choose to join this fight rather than just watch it play out.

Sincerely,

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May 21st, 2009

Today’s letter – American Idol Adam Lambert and Kris Allen teaches us about Prop 8 and #saveEarl

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

American Idol’s finale, filmed right here in your home city of Los Angeles, can teach us a lot about politics. This season was a strange déjà-vu kind of upset. Every poll, person and bookie thought that Adam Lambert would win. But he was nosed out against all reason by the straight-acting, straight-looking Kris Allen. Even Mr. Allen admitted that Mr. Lambert deserved to win.

The same thing happened in season 2 when Clay Aiken lost to Ruben something-or-other – the winner was not the better candidate or presumed favorite. And it also happened in 2008 when Proposition 8 was narrowly passed against all predictions and logic.

People in groups do things that, as individuals, they know are stupid.

The difference between Prop 8 and American Idol is that the California Constitution was written to prevent impulsive illogical groups from ganging up against a religion or race. And that Constitution, until it is changed, trumps a popular vote.

I don’t expect the Supreme Court to meddle in American Idol results, but I do hope they fix Proposition 8. An impulsive popular vote is not a fair way to decide fundamental human rights.

Sincerely,

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April 27th, 2009

Today’s letter – Iowa stubbornness or sensibility?

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I could not let today pass without mentioning that the first same-sex marriages are taking place in Iowa!

Up until this decision, all I knew about Iowa I learned from The Music Man: “We’re so dog-gone stubborn we can stand and touch our noses for a week at a time and never see eye to eye. But what the heck, you’re welcome, join us at the picnic. (You can have your share of all the food you bring yourself.)”

I know how happy I was when I got married in California after 11 years as “domestic partners” – June 17, 2008. I hear stories from Massachusetts about how marriage liberated couple after couple in ways that domestic partnership did not, simply because people understand “marriage.” I remember the hurt when marriages were stopped in California, when the people of California said “no, you’re not welcome even to a share of the food you bring yourself.” And I remember the joy when New Hampshire, Vermont and Iowa joined Massachusetts in saying “freedom means freedom for everybody.”

I would have expected to be run out of Iowa on rails like Professor Harold Hill, but never out of California. I guess things have changed in the 21st century.

Sincerely,

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May 16th, 2008

Today’s letter – struggling with patriotism

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I have been struggling to find the right words to express what I was feeling yesterday after the Supreme Court ended California’s ban on marriage.

It was an emotion I hadn’t felt in a long time, and it took me a while to recognize it. A reporter was leaving the house and he asked me if I had specially put up the American Flag that was out in front that day. I explained that we commonly and proudly fly it. Then it struck me. The decision that said “liberty and justice for all” inspired simple, visceral “Patriotism.”

If we can accept lesbian and gay people as part of America, then we can accept anybody. But if we can block these people simply because of what they think or what they believe, then we can block anybody. And that is a sad prospect for us all.

The Opponents of Equality talk about the Tradition of Marriage. We have a 232-year-old Tradition of Liberty. Neither tradition is static, but each grows along with our collective wisdom.

I was proud of my country yesterday and the liberties she indulged in. I was proud of the couples who used their liberty to ask for more. I was proud to stand behind my elected officials as they stood up for me. I was proud to be an American.

Sincerely,

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March 17th, 2008

Today’s letter – silly laws harm real people

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I just read about Synchronized Swimming sensation Kenyon Smith of the Santa Clara Aquamaids. A man in a women’s sport, his ability to advance is hampered not by his ability, but by his gender: college scholarships and Olympic Games both bar his participation.

I am a gay dad, and as such I have to be both father and mother to my two young kids. I empathize with Mr. Smith not because the rules limit our options, but because we both weather the attacks by people who assume that we are less capable or less talented simply because of our gender.

The people who say men can’t be nurses and women can’t be pilots keep telling me that I can’t be a mother. But I know and you know that nurturing and caring for your kids isn’t something that depends on your gender – it depends on your love.

There is a law that is holding me back from being an excellent parent, the special law that prevents my kids from having two parents who are married. You vetoed two attempts to fix this law, and now the Opponents of Equality are trying to get a Constitutional Amendment to reinforce the silly law.

Please help me educate the public that a man can be both a father and – when he has to – a mother too. Please support the freedom to marry for us and all Californians.

Yours,

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February 1st, 2008

Today’s letter – a Hollywood dream

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

This season, American Idol welcomes its first openly gay contestant. Leo Marlowe began his audition saying that his “Mom always said she raised the perfect homecoming queen. It just wasn’t one of her daughters.”

Simon thinks he’s a good, honest kid; Paula thinks he’s a “touchdown!” and Randy said he was “rockin’ the bells.”

Along with the other Omaha finalists – Angelica Puente, David Cook, Johnny Escamilla, Jason Rich and Rachael Wicker – American Idol is finally showing that the Heartland has heart in its soul.

Governor, please make California the kind of a place where all these contestants can find their dream, if not to make music, at least to marry the person they love. Tell your party and the State Supreme Court that all Californians deserve freedom – the same freedom to marry.

Yours,

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