Friday, February 6, 2009

Dear Ken Starr: Love can't be voted away.


"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

And in related news, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, stating that it denies benefits to gay federal employees' spouses. More here. (via Nicola Griffith)

18 comments:

Ugly Deaf Muslim Punk Gurl! said...

yet many heterosexual assholes are allowed to have as many babies as they want and then neglect them in childhood...

so pathetic.

Elyssa Papa said...

This was such a powerful video. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention, Colleen! I've signed the letter and forwarded it to my friends and family.

Lapillus said...

Beautiful video!

J. M. Strother said...

Wow. Powerful video. Change will come, sooner or later. Hoping for sooner, personally.
~jon

KD said...

I admit it--I cried.

Forwarding this to everyone I know!

Ally Blue said...

Signed the petition and forwarded it to everyone I know. Thank you!

selestial-owg said...

Powerful video. I signed the petition and linked it on a large message board where I post regularly.

amy said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I didn't even think when I sent it to you that you would post it on your blog and reach more people. Yes!! I just got so choked up and ... Well, it's important and needs to be seen.

Cat Moleski said...

Thank you for posting this. I am still crying as I forward it on.

Seattle Writer Gal said...

Is that the same Ken Starr who wasted $70 million in tax payer dollars during the Clinton witchhunt? Sad to see he's using his powers for evil in another venue.

The video was beautiful, btw.

Cathy in AK said...

You'd think the government would have better things to do than interfere with and disrupt so many lives.

Thanks for sharing this.

Jen said...

That is a truly inspiring video. I'm begging everyone I know to sign the petition, glad I found your blog and this post - thank you!

ryan field said...

Good video!!

disorderly said...

Cathy in AK, the government isn't funding this. The suit to be heard by the CA supremes was brought by several human-rights organizations, and the defense is funded by Yes on 8 (which is funded by a number of socially conservative organizations). Even the CA attorney general has said Prop 8 should not be allowed to stand (for technical legal reasons that are too complicated to explain here.)

Although the original filings in the court simply sought to overturn Prop 8, the conservative faction "tacked on" a request that the court also invalidate the marriages that occurred since May (when the CA Supreme Court said bans on same-sex marriage violated the state constitution).

The state is, of course, funding the justices, the courtroom, clerks and other personnel who are part of the system.

Right now it seems as if the Prop 8 challengers have a strong argument: That allowing society to vote on the rights of one class of citizens (especially a minority) is an even more egregious violation of the American system than Prop 8 and gay-marriage bans themselves. I hope the court agrees, not just for the benefit of same-sex couples, but because this slope is particularly slippery. If Prop 8 is allowed to stand, what happens the next time one group votes on the rights of another and succeeds in stripping the others of privilege? The democratic process must not be allowed to institutionalize bigotry under any banner.

OK -- off the soapbox now. **looking sheepish**

Cathy in AK said...

Disorderly, thank you for the clarification. And there's no need to feel sheepish as far as I'm concerned. You did a fine job explaining it.

usedbuyer 2.0 said...

Doesn't this make one long for the funding to hire a private investigator to poke around in Ken Starr's private life?

ccallicotte said...

I've watched this a few times now and still cry each time! What a beautiful testament to the real people affected by these unjust laws and lawmakers. I've signed the petition and will forward to my friends.

Disorderly- thanks for your insight. I live in California, and was horrified that Prop 8 appeared on the ballot for the very reasons you cite - why should the majority ever be given a chance to decide the rights of the minority? Our government is supposed to protect minority groups. It's not, and never should have been, about "the will of the people." It should be about equal rights for all. Let's hope the courts recognize this; it seems so obvious to me.

Rhonda Parrish said...

*sniffles*

That was absolutely beautiful and made me cry like crazy,