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So, you still want to be a Republican?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

As we in the gay community continue the fight for gay marriage – there is still the ground-swell of: “Why do you need to be married? Can’t you just have a lawyer draw up all the legal papers you need? Just be domestic partners, that will give you all the legal rights you need.”

Have you heard of the lesbian couple, Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli, who are registered domestic partners in the State of Nevada?

In Nevada the law states: “Domestic partners have the same rights, protection and benefits, and are subject to the same responsibilities, obligations and duties under law, whether derived from statutes, administrative regulations, court rules, government policies, common law or any other provisions or sources of law, as are granted to and imposed upon spouses.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli with their domestic partnership certificate.

This couple went to Spring Valley Hospital because Leon was having pregnancy complications. Upon arriving at the hospital, Simonelli was told she would have to get herself power of attorney to be with her partner.

The admissions person at Spring Valley Hospital stated that the hospital requires gay couples have power of attorney in order to make medical decisions for each other.

Even though President Obama ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to write a rule that would prevent hospitals from not allowing visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners – this hospital chose to discriminate against this and other gay couples.

Leon lost her baby – while her partner – her legal registered domestic partner – was left to wait without news on the fate of her family. They lost their baby – while the hospital refused to allow them to share in their loss. I cannot imagine how lost and alone they were feeling.

Imagine, if you will, losing a baby – your baby – and not having your partner – male or female – gay or straight – with you holding your hand, giving you comfort. Imagine a country that uncaring, that discriminating, that homophobic. Can you?

Well, you don’t have to imagine it.

Go to the polls in November and push that Romney/Ryan button and you will be enforcing and supporting this uncaring, discriminating, homophobic kind of world. Spin it any way you choose and try to justify it in your head and your heart – however, if you vote Republican this November – that’s who you are, that’s who and what you are voting for.

It’s a reflection of you.

The Romney/Ryan ticket will not ever entertain the thought of gay marriage. Gay couples – even those who think they have the law to protect them – will continue to be treated as second-class citizens and will not have access to certain functions that only a legal marriage can offer couples and families – which would most certainly include health care access.

If you choose to vote Romney/Ryan and think or say to me: “Barb it’s not personal.” I can only say to you: “What could be more personal than denying me access to the person I love when they need me the most?”

And don’t tell me you want smaller government – this is not smaller government – this is the government intruding in the lives of people who simply want to be recognized for who they are – Americans.

This election is important – Please vote to end the hate…

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Dump Obama, screw Rmoney. Roseanne Barr for President 2012.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 9:34am
  2. I have to disagree, respectfully … Not every person are a one issue voter and just because a person votes for anouther person, it doeant mean they agree with all of their positions, just the majority of them … Using threats that if someone votes for someone that they are bigots is wrong and a dispicable way of trying to garner votes

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 9:42am
  3. This is why I am in independent, and it falls into a nice old saying. If you’re a Republican, you’re heartless; if you’re a Democrat, your brainless. There needs to be a balance of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and humanitarian compassion, and neither side has all of these traits.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 9:43am
  4. Brave speech for someone who doesn’t even put their picture on their profile…

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 9:48am
  5. Hmm… I’m a full-blooded Democrat and I’m as far from brainless as they come. Thanks.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 10:08am
  6. The Democratic Party is the only credible vehicle for advancing civil rights, and this has been the case since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The modern Republican Party was built on the backlash to the civil rights movement and the other social changes of the 1960s. So, if you happen to identify as a “minority” of any kind, you eventually learn that the Republican Party is not for you, even if your parents and friends remain comfortable there.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 10:08am
  7. So true. When the governments believed I was a white, male, I never had any discrimination ever. I never even thought about it. As soon as I became a minority, a transgender woman, I faced governmental discrimination. That is a fact and that is why I am a democrat. Obama 2012 ! Vote

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 10:14am
  8. Well said, Charles.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 10:46am
  9. Yay for being Canadian! :D

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11:30am
  10. You can vote for a candidate who wants marriage equality AND smaller government. His name is Gary Johnson.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 12:14pm
  11. @ Barry – why do you need to see my picture to understand what I’m saying?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:27pm
  12. Wow people are so ridiculous. Yes you can vote for a candidate that won’t win or you can choose a side that most closely represents your views and make you vote worth something. Also this is just one point of many towards civil rights that you vote against when you vote republican. Lastly this is a vote that will determine weather many people will be discriminated against including the poor and minorities that are being overshadowed by the lgbt debate. Not to say that it is not important. But there is so much being overshadowed. Please everyone do your research before you choose who to vote for.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:33pm