I can’t believe that it is almost halfway into 2009 and we are still arguing about defending marriage. Congress has presented a bill to define marriage as between one man and one woman in Washington, DC. This came about because the DC city council recently decided to recognize same sex marriages that couples obtained from other parts of the country where same sex marriage was legal. Congress has ultimate say over the laws in Washington, DC so to follow up their 1996 federal defense of marriage act, some conservative members want to extend this definition to The District as well.
It is hard to believe that with all the progress we have made in recent years that we are still so close minded at times. It is the same representatives who want big government out of their personal affairs behind the closed doors of their own homes that want to prevent two people from getting married because they don’t happen to be a man and a woman. The idea of a government being able to explicitly tell me who I could not marry seems like the definition of a big overreaching government to me. If our government wants to define marriage, the only definition I would support is that: Marriage should be between two consenting adults.
I used to live in Washington, DC for years and I would hate to see it regress to a city where separate but equal was still in existence, only instead of it being in regard to the school system, it referred to the rights of couples. I know this message does not had much power, but I am including a link here so you can find the contact information for your congressional representative, so make sure you let them know how you feel about this issue, I hope you agree with me, but if you don’t, let your representative know that too. I am about to contact my member of Congress right now.
Just remember, gay rights is also a national security issue as well. Every year dozens of qualified and willing US soldiers are discharged because they reveal they are gay, even when they are Arabic translators or are willing to be redeployed to the battlefield. If Democrats were smart, they would be out front on this issue to show that they are strong on national security and anyone who is against gay rights is really hurting our national defense at the same time.
*Update 22 May 2009: My NY reprepresentative in the House, Carolyn B. Maloney is against this bill and supports equal rights for all couples, so that makes me a bit happier.
Not without controversy, President Obama has been keeping busy by speaking at a couple of recent commencement ceremonies. He was first scheduled to speak at Arizona State University, but then news came out that they would not be presenting him with an honorary degree, so Jon Stewart‘s The Daily Show did a great piece to suss out this story. Then President Obama was scheduled at the Notre Dame University commencement, but many Notre Dame faithful were upset that he would be speaking and that he was being presented with an honorary degree. I’m posting the full video from both the Arizona State University and Notre Dame speeches below where you can see that even some people attending the commencements made their objections heard:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Here is his full speech at Arizona Statea:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Thanks to the lovely Jessica for finding that Daily Show video!