Today’s letter – AIDS Walk

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

Today was the annual Los Angeles AIDS Walk. Hundreds of thousands of people united to both look for a cure and to provide support for those afflicted.

Every year the number of celebrities and politicians who endorse the event grows larger, and the number of protesters dwindles. APLA raised a record $4M from fair-minded and generous Californians. It is amazing to see what can happen when we are united, not divided.

I believe that one simple and effective way to fight AIDS is to encourage committed couples to make the commitment of marriage. Nothing encourages monogamy and responsibility like marriage, and those principles form the cornerstone of our social attack on AIDS. But it doesn’t work when people are blocked from marriage!

You have been an obstacle to same-sex marriage for a long time, including your recent refusal to sign AB 43, but it’s not too late for you to end at least one division that is distracting us from fighting AIDS. I wish you would support the freedom to marry for all Californians, and maybe someday you will be able to walk with us instead of against us.

Yours,

Today’s letter – to the newspapers!

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I really believe that California would be better with same-sex marriage. I wonder how this might play out in the media…

Los Angeles Times
Letters to the Editor
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

October 5, 2007

Dear Editor –

I’m a father of twins, and I believe that what’s best for kids is an environment where churches and couples have the freedom to make their own decisions about marriage. That’s why I want the Governor to sign AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.

This bill gets our government out of the business of interfering with marriage by pushing those very personal decisions down to the people themselves, but the Governor has said – with all seriousness – that he wants the courts to make these decisions instead, and that he will veto this philosophically important bill.

I may never understand why the Governor chooses to block committed couples from making the commitment of marriage, but failing to agree that all citizens deserve the same freedoms is an awful lesson to be teaching our children.

So what lesson are our children going to learn from you?

Sincerely,

Today’s letter – I’m writing because California needs AB 43

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I’ve been writing to you every day since July 12 to ask you to sign AB 43 because I believe that if you heard the stories of Californians who are affected by this every day, you would find a way to sign it.

From giving hope to LGBT youth who just want to grow up and have a family, to gay parents raising kids, there is no substitute for marriage. I’ve told you the story of my Registered Domestic Partner and our newborn twins, and how badly we want the security and simplicity of marriage. But your heart is still on the side of the Opponents of Equality.

I don’t know what else I can do to get you to have the change of heart that you – and California – so desperately needs. So I will keep writing to you in the hope that some friend of yours finds these letters and makes you sit down to read them before it’s too late.

And as a friend, I have to tell you, once you have that change of heart, you will be brutally embarrassed that you ever stood in the way of freedom. For the sake of California, the Republican Party, same-sex couples or just my family, read about these issues and sign AB 43.

Your friend,

Today’s letter – The Party of Lincoln should support freedom to marry

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

As a Republican, I believe all Californians deserve the freedom to marry.

We can’t focus on free enterprise, getting the government off your back, lowering taxes and strengthening the military when we have people preaching salvation through legislation and denying freedoms to get there. It always backfires and undermines the party.

Abraham Lincoln anticipated this when he said

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

California’s lesbian and gay couples have struggled and overcome the stigma of predatory stereotyping our party has wrongfully promulgated. They have built their families from love like everybody else. Our party shouldn’t be standing in the way of their freedom to marry.

Please sign AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, and give the freedom to others that we all so desperately deserve.

Sincerely,