Governor Jim Douglas
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
March 31, 2009
RE: Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Bill H275
Dear Governor Douglas,
What I don’t understand is why in a state with its long history of accepting gays and lesbians on par with heterosexuals, you are unwilling to take the final step towards full equality?
The excuses that you give – that it is a “personal” decision, that it “interferes” with lawmakers’ attention to the economy – all ring hollow to me.
I would like an explanation that I am not embarrassed to tell my kids. One that explains why an American would deny freedom to another; why a Republican would meddle in individual personal relationships, or why a Christian would go against even the teachings of his UCC Church and treat others as he would not like to be treated himself.