Today’s letter – respect and rhetoric

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

I wrote to you earlier about your Chief of Staff, Susan Kennedy, and how awkward it must be for you to work with somebody who you consider to be less worthy of having access to marriage than your other staffers. I thought I would let you know that you’re in good company – the President also has to work with homosexuals.

United States Representative Barney Frank is a notoriously humorous and powerful member of Congress and has been openly gay since 1987. In an incident captured by press cameras, just before George Bush’s last State of the Union address, Rep. Frank was on the phone with his boyfriend in the Speaker’s Lobby when President Bush approached him, leaned in and said “tell him I said hello.”

When Rep. Frank pointed out to the President that he was talking to his boyfriend, Bush responded “Well. I hope you said how open-minded I am.”

Yeah, it’s really open-minded to joke with somebody who you have pledged to exterminate.

Please, Governor, treat all your staff with the dignity and respect they deserve. Tell the people of California that marriage is not a special right – it is everybody’s right.

Yours,

Today’s letter – your coworker is apparently untrustworthy

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

As you know, your Chief of Staff, Susan Kennedy, is a wonderful person, as well as an out and proud Lesbian. When you vetoed AB 43, you sent a clear and loud message that you don’t think her relationships are as important as yours, and that she should continue to be prevented from marrying even though everybody else can.

You should fire her. I’m sure you can deal with the awkward nature of working with somebody for whom you have demonstrated such open and vile contempt, but how can you trust her with state business if you can’t trust her with the choice to marry?

I really don’t know anything about the conversations you two have had, but I really don’t see any way you could know her as a person and still deprive her of the same freedom to marry that you and everybody else has. You might as well throw her and her family under the bus like you did mine.

Yours,