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  •  I can't be there tomorrow, but I did send e-mail (9+ / 0-)

    to Paul Shomshor, one of the legislators that NOM is targeting to support this POS amendment.  This is part of what I wrote:

    My question for all legislators in Iowa who would attempt to introduce a constitutional amendment reversing gay marriage, “What if it was your civil rights that were being taken away?  Or perhaps those of your children?  Would you feel differently?  How exactly does giving these civil rights affect your civil rights?  Does it lessen them, make them less important, or merely less righteous?”  

    My husband and I have been married for 8 years.  This Supreme Court decision does not affect my marriage in any way except to make it more valuable since all of my friends can now exercise the same right.  This is a great day for Iowa.  Please keep it that way.  

    Home is where you can scratch where it itches.

    by deweysmom on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 07:58:08 PM PDT

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    •  Really appreciate (2+ / 0-)
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      and like what you wrote.  I am no longer married, but it sure wasn't anyone but him and me that broke our own marriage down.
      My daughters are all in their early twenties and they are appalled that other people think it is their business to dictate what civil rights individuals may have, or not have, according to their choice of life partners.

    •  To enter into a marital commitment (0+ / 0-)

      is not a civil right.  Even having it recorded in the public records is not a civil right.  Civil rights are those which address the relationship between a citizen and the state--to vote, to hold public office, to sit on juries, to legislate, to enforce the law, etc.  
      Whether or not individual commitments, which persons enter into as a natural right, are recorded in the public records is an optional function for political subdivisions.  However, if/when that option is exercised, the political subdivision has an obligation to extend the service to all who apply and satisfy appropriate criteria (since minors are not considered qualified to enter into any kind of legal commitment, age is a relevant criterion).

      In other words, what we're dealing with here are the obligations of agents of government--specifically the obligation to deliver services equitably.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 03:47:21 AM PDT

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