Today’s letter – Choose to liberate or to obliberate

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

As an American and as a parent, I believe government should not interfere with individual choices. My personal beliefs are echoed in the California Republican Party Platform, which says:

“As Republicans, we believe the home should remain the central place for individual decision-making, and issues impacting the family should not be handed over to intrusive government bureaucrats. … [P]arents are most capable of making decisions for and about their children … the CRP opposes any effort to weaken parents’ freedom of decision and choice.”

Imagine my surprise when I found a list of lawmakers – Republicans all – who have taken a different vow, by supporting the Protect Marriage campaign “in defense of marriage.” This heartless master says:

“We oppose granting to homosexuals special privileges, including marriage, domestic partnership benefits, and child custody or adoption.”

As a homosexual American and proud parent, let me be clear: such an initiative does not just merely subvert my individual decision-making, but sets out to deliberately destroy my family outright.

You know these people, Governor. They are your colleagues and friends. Yet they have compromised their party and their conscience to pursue a path which is reprehensible. I don’t want you to ask them to abandon their beliefs: I want you to ask them to choose which belief they really support: their belief that gay people should be excluded from our economy and society, or that all individuals should have the same freedom of personal choice, especially in who they marry.


ATTACHMENT: lawmakers who endorse the “protect marriage” campaign Coalition Endorsements

State Senators
Senator Dick Ackerman (R-Tustin) –
Senator Sam Aanestad (R-Redding) –
Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield ) –
Senator James Battin, Jr. (R-La Quinta) –
Senator John Campbell (R-Irvine) –
Senator Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks) –
Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) –
Senator Bob Dutton (R-San Bernadino) –
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R- El Cajon) –
Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) –
Senator Bob Margett (R-Arcadia) –
Senator Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks) –
Senator Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside) –
Senator Charles Poochigian (R-Fresno) –
Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) –
Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad) –

Assembly Members
Assemblyman Greg Aghzarian (R-Stockton) –
Assemblyman John Benoit (R-Palm Desert) –
Assemblyman Russ Bogh (R-Yucaipa) –
Assemblyman Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto) –
Assemblyman Chuck Devore (R-Irvine) –
Assemblyman Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) –
Assemblyman Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) –
Assemblyman Guy Houston (R-San Ramon) –
Assemblyman Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) –
Assemblyman Rick Keene (R-Chico) –
Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa (R-Biggs) –
Assemblyman Jay LaSuer (R-LaMesa) –
Assemblyman Bill Maze (R-Visalia) –
Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy (R-Monrovia) –
Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi (R-Lodi) –
Assemblyman Roger Niello (R-Sacramento) –
Assemblyman George Plescia (R-San Diego) –
Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) –
Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Camarillo) –
Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa) –
Assemblyman Michael Villines (R-Clovis) –
Assemblywoman Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel) –


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