Today’s letter – will the court hear from you too?

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

When the State Supreme Court hears the marriage exclusion case on March 4, they will face an unprecedented torrent of evidence that there is nothing wrong with gay marriage, and a historic outcry for full constitutional inclusion of same-sex couples in our economy and society.

In addition to the fifteen same-sex couples, support has come from such widespread sources as:
– counties and municipalities including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Long Beach, Sacramento, and Oakland.
– legal and bar associations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
– religious and civil rights leaders and organizations, including the California NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, California Council of Churches, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and National Black Justice Coalition.

Will they hear from you?

Your support would mean a lot both to the court and my family. Tell them that California needs same-sex marriage and they need it now. It’s the least you can do to ensure the freedom of all Californians.

Yours,

Today’s letter – Fair taxation is hard work

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

When my same-sex domestic partner and I got Domestic Partnered, we had to reconstruct a sharing of our property like we would get automatically through marriage. We transferred our property into a joint trust, expecting Proposition 13 to keep our taxes frozen like it is supposed to do for families.

However, our county assessor saw things differently. Apparently because domestic partners are specially excluded from marriage, he believes they should also be specially excluded from the protections of Proposition 13. He quadrupled our property taxes.

I read today that this case has finally wound its way through the courts, and same-sex couples ARE protected by Proposition 13.

This is good news for us – we can start the paperwork today to get back some of the extra money we had to pay in taxes – but I really wish we didn’t have to take every little thing such as this to court when we could simply access the time-tested stability of marriage.

You could cut out a lot of waste in government and help families like mine reach our full potential if you would only support free choice in marriage. Please tell Californians that everybody deserves the freedom to marry.

Yours,

Today’s letter – Freedom Interrupted

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

Tomorrow Oregon was set to allow same-sex couples to enter into a better-than-nothing civil union structure like California, New Hampshire, Vermont and some other states. More than 500 couples planned to take their vows on New Year’s Day.

Just two days ago, a federal judge overrode the state law, saying that the needs of these couples to make a commitment to each other should take a back seat to the bitter desire of a few to keep them apart. Now 528 couples are waiting in limbo while their relationships are put on trial.

Would you like it if your wedding was canceled with just three days notice, Governor? I’m guessing not. Please help swing the mood in California so that what happened in Oregon can’t happen here (again).

You don’t have to break the law to say that you believe committed couples should have the freedom to choose marriage. You just have to break your silence.

Yours,

Today’s letter – courts should not make decisions for me

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

One of the reasons that you are using in your haste to veto of AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, is that you want the courts to decide whether I can get married in California.

In my civics class, I was taught that the courts aren’t supposed to make decisions – they are supposed to enforce them.

The people and the legislature have decided that same-sex couples need and deserve the freedom to marry. Please do your civic duty and implement this state’s political will by signing AB 43 and supporting the freedom to marry.

Thank you,

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 – what will happen if you sign it?

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I am told that if you sign AB 43, same-sex couples still won’t be free to marry. They will have to wait for the State Supreme Court to approve their relationships.

In the meantime, the justices will have received a powerful message that the freedom to marry is the state’s political consensus.

Please, don’t veto my family. Sign AB 43 and ask the courts to join the people in bringing us the freedom to marry.

Many thanks,

Letter to Dianne Feinstein – Leslie Southwick

Senator Dianne Feinstein
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Dear Senator Feinstein:

I am writing to you about the nomination of Leslie Southwick to the 5th Circuit and your role on the Senate Judiciary Committee. As you know, you voted with the majority to send him on to the full floor for an “up-down” vote. I am gravely concerned that you have surrendered not only your committee’s power, but also its wisdom.

Committees were designed to pinch off the incompetent, hateful and biased so the floor doesn’t have to. It’s a lot more risky and time-consuming to educate 50 people about Southwick than 5 specialists, and we have to endure the hateful rhetoric through that long process. You failed to do your job, and now we pay the price.

Racism and homophobia should never come to an “up-down” vote, because the Opponents of Equality do not hesitate to lie and cheat. Example: they tricked you into surrendering your power with a dubious “resolution” calling for an “up-down” vote on all candidates – exactly the thing your committee was designed to avoid.

If you cannot keep the power that California voters have given you through long tenure, then we will be more than happy to take it back and invest in somebody else.

Sincerely,