Don’t Veto Same-Sex Marriage “for the People” until You listen to ALL of the People of California

18 09 2007

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that he will veto bill AB43, which would recognize same-sex marriage in California, because he wants to support the March 2000 vote for Proposition 22. Today, as a member of “the people of California,” I submitted an email to Governor Schwarzenegger. I urge you to do the same. Below, is my email. Let your voice be heard! Email the governor (and select “Gender-neutral marriage.\AB00043”).

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

I am writing regarding a bill that you have the power to sign or to veto, AB43. I know that you have made statements in the past that you are following the “will of the people” and will veto this piece of legislation. I respect your need to honor the opinion of the people of California; however, I ask that you take a moment to listen to one of those people.

Although admirable to follow the “will of the people,” the people (who in this case represent 61% of California voters who voted in one, non-major election) do not always have the right answers. In this case, following the will of the people who voted for Proposition 22 will restrict rights of other citizens of this great state. The basis for restricting these rights is a fear and misunderstanding of the personal activities of other citizens.

Many people state that allowing gays and lesbians the right to marry will somehow diminish the sanctity of marriage. Perhaps it is ignorance on my behalf, but I do not see how this is possible. Affording rights to one group does not diminish the rights of another. Existing civil or religious marriages of heterosexual couples will not suffer because homosexuals are allowed to marry. Gay men and lesbians are not asking you to force religious sects to honor or validate these marriages. The only violation of rights occurs by not allowing homosexuals to marry, especially since several scientific studies have shown that homosexuality is not a choice; it is a genetic predisposition.

This is not an issue of “gay rights,” it is an issue of equal rights. Lesbians and gay men are not asking for any “special privileges;” we are simply asking for the same rights and privileges as our heterosexual counterparts.

I appreciate your time and attention to this email. As a member of “the people of California” who voted against Proposition 22 in March 2000, I wanted my voice and my will to be heard.

Thank you.

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