Friday, April 29, 2011

Minnesota Marriage Ban Advances

I saw this at Joe My God and someone in the comments posted the email address to thank Barb Goodwin for trying to stop discrimination.  My sent letter is below.
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The Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced a bill to place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on the November ballot. But not before Democrat Barb Goodwin (left) tried a slick move to sink the bill.
Goodwin suggested tweaking the text of the proposed amendment so the Minnesota Constitution would not only limit marriage to couplings of one man and one woman, but also to one marriage per person per lifetime—a ban on divorce, though not separation. The proposed ballot question: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?" Goodwin first proposed adding the words "for life" after the word "union," then to replace "a marriage" with "one marriage."
The amendments failed. Goodwin reacted (to roars of approval from the gallery): “I will never in this Legislature, will never vote — even if it means I’m voted out — to put language of discrimination in the constitution. I could not live with myself, and those of you who claim to be good Christians, you need to think about what you are doing here."

Thank you so much for your part in stopping discrimination.
I am a 52 year old artist, teacher, mother, grandmother, legally married lesbian, and an American.
My wife and I moved from Ohio to Maryland partly due to the marriage ban and lack of protections in Ohio. We were married in DC last May 10th after 6 great years together.
We do not want to change marriage. We want to be a part of it and all it stands for. Even though we do not have the federal perks and only a few state perks, we needed to make that vow.
It was a wonderful day and every day since has brought us closer.
I have not been home for 3 years because of the discrimination we are subject to. I have been chased, spit on, had rocks thrown at me, called very bad things in by and in front of children, property and truck vandalized, teased, whispered about, and snickered at.
I will be returning to Ohio for my Mother's 70th birthday. When we cross the state line of Maryland we will become legal strangers and have no rights or protections. I hope nothing happens on our trip.
Please keep up the good work so maybe some day we will not have to worry about going home.
Thank you
Mrs. Barbara Jane Jackson-Lincoln

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