Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –
Hugo Mialon and Andrew Francis, Two researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, used thirty years of data to tie rates of HIV/AIDS infection to attitudes of tolerance towards lesbian and gay Americans.
They found that “a rise in tolerance from the 1970s to the 1990s reduced HIV/AIDS cases by one per 100,000 people, and that laws against same-sex marriage boosted cases by 4 per 100,000.”
“Intolerance is deadly,” they concluded. “Bans on gay marriage [cause] more gay people to shift to sexual behaviors that carry more risk.”
If you were truly interested in reducing the number of HIV/AIDS cases, you would support traditional marriage for everybody, gay and straight. I wish you would help educate Californians about the facts surrounding marriage. Hate is taught, but so is fairness, compassion and freedom.
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –
I am not impressed when evangelicals like Ted Haggard, Paul Barnes, Mike Huckabee, John Paulk, Trent Lott, Larry Craig and Richard Roberts throw stones at my family and then destroy their own. It is par for the course. I just wish they didn’t use their three million followers and shady political connections to amplify their own “rightneous” while specially excluding me and my fiancée from freely participating in the economy and society.
I am not arguing that Mike Huckabee is secretly homosexual; what I am saying is that the history of evangelical ministers – especially gay-bashing Republican ones – demonstrates that the higher they are, the further they fall. By that measure, Mike Huckabee is in orbit.
So let’s play a game. Try to match the quotations on the left with the person making it on the right:
|1) “It’s not because I don’t like [gay people.] It’s because I like even more the idea that the heart and soul, the essence of our civilization is in the family [without gays].”
2) “We don’t have to debate about what we should think about homosexual activity. It’s written in the Bible.”
3) “So there is a sense in which, you know, it’s one thing to say if people want to live a different way, that’s their business. But when you want to redefine what family means or what marriage means, then that’s an issue that should require some serious and significant debate in the public square.”
4) “It is [a sin]….You should try to show them a way to deal with that problem, just like alcohol…or sex addiction…or kleptomaniacs.”
5) “We need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.”
|A) Mike Huckabee, Baptist minister and Republican candidate for President.
B) Ted Haggard who was having drug-fueled homosexual trysts instead of good man-on-woman sex with his wife:
C) Paul Barnes, founder and former senior minister of Grace Chapel, who resigned when his gay dalliances were revealed;
D) Trent Lott, Senator from Mississippi who suddenly ended his 35-year career in congress under “curious” circumstances.
E) Larry Craig, Senator for Idaho, who admitted to soliciting sex in an airport bathroom.
F) John Paulk, former chairman of the board for Exodus International North America (a group that beats the gay out of people)
The answers are 1-A, 2-B, 3-A, 4-D, 5-A. But it doesn’t matter, because anybody who believes that the key to fixing families in this country is by specially excluding gays from marriage is unfit for office, either by demonstrated irrationality or by hidden proclivities. You cannot lead people when you hate them.