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I know that these remarkable and hard fought efforts may still not be enough for some , but I am hoping that proponents of Marriage Equality, as it relates to the GLBT community will take some comfort in knowing that we here in the state of Wisconsin , are still mindful of the struggle and appreciate that we're making progress in obtaining full and equal rights for our friends in the GLBT community.  

It may come as a shock and awe to some that I , a Black Evangelical Progressive am a member and donor of the group Fair Wisconsin , a group that advocates on behalf of the LGBT Community , particularly on the issue of Marriage Equality , but I am and I received an e-mail update that I would like to share.

Gov Doyle Announces Domestic Partner Protections

We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you. Tonight Gov. Jim Doyle announced that his biennial budget proposal includes critical domestic partnership protections for the state's same-sex couples. Domestic partnerships provide to Wisconsin's 15,000 same-sex couples certain legal protections such as:

   * Requiring hospitals and nursing homes to allow visitation for domestic partners
   * The ability to make end of life decisions for a domestic partner if he or she is unable to
   * Permitting family leave in the event of the death or serious illness of a domestic partner

Though substantially short of full equality, this is an important step toward ensuring that someone in a committed, caring relationship can care for his or her partner. No one should ever have to worry about being blocked at their partner's hospital room door, or have to make the heartbreaking decision to quit their job in order to care for a seriously ill partner.

We look forward to working with legislators to make sure that this fair-minded budget is passed quickly. Here's what you can do to help:

  1. Thank Governor Doyle for his support by sending him an email to governor@wisconsin.gov. Governor Doyle remains firmly pro-fairness with his domestic partnership initiative, which would make Wisconsin the first state in the Heartland to recognize same-sex couples.
  2. Get involved by telling your story about why domestic partnership protections are important to you and your family. Send us an email to yourstory@fairwisconsin.com and make sure to include your name(s) and zip code. Sharing personal stories will allow us to connect with members of the LGBT community and allies around the state to make the case for why domestic partnership protections are critical to our families.

Learn more about Wisconsin domestic partnerships at http://www.fairwisconsin.com.

I am proud to be a part of this effort and will continue to work with both sides of this debate to achieve full equality for all Americans. I have stated , on numerous occasions and have argued the point to opponents of Marriage equality that while I am a person of Faith , I know the difference between the United States of America and the Kingdom of God. I know the difference between the United States Constitution and the Holy Scriptures. I know the difference between the President of the United States and Jesus Christ and while some may not be able to distinguish between the two, I do not have that problem. I know how to be a good citizen of a secular nation and be a good Christian without conflict or conviction.

Originally posted to WeBetterWinThisTime on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 06:57 PM PST.

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  •  Tips for Progress (20+ / 0-)

    "Some say this is a spending bill, not a stimulus. Spending is stimulus. That's the point." President Obama

    by WeBetterWinThisTime on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 06:58:00 PM PST

  •  This is a start (13+ / 0-)

    If it helps to scale back the effects of the hateful amendment that was passed here, it will be a good start.

    I keep praying for a straight unmarried couple to be denied some sort of benefits because of the amendment and take it to court. They might be granted standing, which has been denied in most court appeals so far. That would be a good step to declaring the amendment unconstitutional.

    As a Wisconsin PFLAG mom, I know firsthand that nobody is free until everybody is free.

    They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

    by 1864 House on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 07:08:38 PM PST

    •  Pflag has a good role to play (7+ / 0-)

      I love to hear parent's stories about what they want for their children, and for all people's children.

      Just got back fom a PFLAG education/speaker bureau meeting.  We are going to try to get into the schools to help raise awareness of GLBT issues.

      I hope your chapter is working on communicating with the governor on these issues.

      The wide universe is the ocean I travel And the earth is my Blue Boat Home

      by sberel on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 07:16:21 PM PST

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    •  The system is against me as a strait single (4+ / 0-)
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      woman too , so I feel a different kind of pain.

      I am denied:

      1)Tax Cuts because I have no children and am unable to have children. So I will never get a special Tax  Exemption.

      2)Government Assistance to help me pay for basic necessities (unless I have a disease or children) even if my income level meets qualification.

      3)The right to take a leave of absence if I get sick or need to be out of work following a major surgery as I just learned.(I didn't even qualify for Temp Disability) when I had my TAH/BSO

      4)It is easier for a GLBT couple to adopt a child than it is for me as a single woman who is not married. (Unless I am rich and my name is Jolie)

      Americas tax system discriminates against many who are not married simply because we are not married and we pay more Taxes than we should have to. There are many things wrong with our system that go ignored , but I see this as discrimination as well.

      And with more and more Heterosexual Americans choosing to never get married, I have yet to see anyone address our issues at all because unfortunately , our government is under the impression that we all live at home with our parents in their basements or some odd dark room in the house when in fact, we live alone and have to foot the bill for everything we own. And not everyone does the roommate thing because when you're 34 year living with a bunch of 19 year olds , it's kind of weird.

      "Some say this is a spending bill, not a stimulus. Spending is stimulus. That's the point." President Obama

      by WeBetterWinThisTime on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 07:28:50 PM PST

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      •  I feel that pain, too (1+ / 0-)
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        My oldest (straight woman almost 30) was just talking about how hard it is financially to be single. That's the one thing her brother and his partner have better than she does - they can at least share living expenses.

        Equity for all... that's the goal.

        They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

        by 1864 House on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 09:01:10 PM PST

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      •  the fight for equal marriage rights (2+ / 0-)
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        is part of an agenda that must include everybody -- include not exclude. That's one of the key points for me of the "protect marriage" movement -- it does nothing for anybody. It gives no one joy, it helps no child, it protects no marriage anywhere.

        The issue is to stop hurting people and start helping.

  •  Thanks for the encouraging news, WeBetterWinThis (6+ / 0-)

    And thanks also to Govener Doyle, and the good people of Wisconsin who deserve kudos for taking significant steps in the direction of full equality for all Americans.

    Let's keep making progress until all of us have full freedom, equality, justiice, and the protections promised to all Americans in our Constitution.

    The burden of proof seem to be shifting to those who wish to step forward and argue against supporting equality to some particular group.  Who should be exclude, and why?   On what basis?   Prejudices, obsolete old assumptions or traditional practices of the past?   Get over it.  

    Like racism, sexism, intolerance againts different religions, ethnic groups, and other prejucides, we need to keep holding traditional assumptions and practices up to the light of reason, compassion, common sense, and constitutional law.

    This feels like we're putting progress back into progressive humanism.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 07:14:33 PM PST

  •  Tipped and Rec'd (4+ / 0-)

    This het Druid salutes you for knowing those differences. Would that all your co-religionists did.

    And this is good news, even if it isn't everything we want.

    Isn't it nice to have a SMART President?

    by ibonewits on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 07:28:14 PM PST

  •  Things seem to be better here than most states (3+ / 0-)
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    Im actually working in WI this week and am reviewing school districts across the country and alot seem to block GLBT material on their internet filters (mb because I was in very churchy towns in PA / TN).

    But here in WI, upon reviewing this one district at least, the technology director seemed to think people should be able to view any material that is not obscene and does not have GLBT material on the internet filter for the schools. (which is not a federal requirement by any means, blocking porn, hate and hacking is)

  •  thanks for this diary (5+ / 0-)

    this is certainly a step in the right direction

  •  I'm glad to hear this, and I hope it's just the (4+ / 0-)

    tip of the iceberg (of equality). Thanks for letting us know about this. I hadn't heard this important news. Excellent!

    "People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our moment. This is our time." - Barack Obama

    by Blue Liberty on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 07:42:06 PM PST

  •  I totally support you... (1+ / 0-)
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    WeBetterWinThisTime

    This is like music to me. I'm in the fight as well.  I've tried to let as many people know as possible, that not all black Evangelicals/Christians are bigots.  Some of us know the difference between the Constitution and the Scriptures. Christians should not be forcing laws on others based upon the Scriptures. Stay blessed, strong and keep up the fight, equality demands it.  

    God's choicest blessing to all!

  •  Equality LITE (2+ / 0-)
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    LuvSet, sfbob

    Speaking as a gay man, the pride with with you list:

    Requiring hospitals and nursing homes to allow visitation for domestic partners

    The ability to make end of life decisions for a domestic partner if he or she is unable to

    Permitting family leave in the event of the death or serious illness of a domestic partner

    Well, it rankles.  This is equality lite, and I don't want equality lite. I want actual equality.  

    Saying that I am allowed to visit my partner in the hospital and make decisions for him? Gosh.  I'm grateful.  Honest I am.  

    But don't think I don't know that anyone with a wedding band they got yesterday gets all that and much much more.

    •  Segregation was eguality lite too but it sure (0+ / 0-)

      as hell beat Slavery. LOL.

      All jokes aside , I totally get what you are saying and we're working hard to get to that goal. It will take time , but we'll get there. We just gotta keep at it.

      "I don't know it all, but I know that what I do know , I know enough of it to know that I know it. Ya know ?" ~ Those In The Know

      by WeBetterWinThisTime on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 09:24:20 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for updating us on this matter. We need (1+ / 0-)
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    more discussion about these issues on DailyKos. It's a good way to get the conversation going and out in the public sphere. This country will only reach its greatest potential when all of its people are respected and welcomed in the democracy.

    "We cannot meet 21st Century challenges with a 20th Century bureaucracy." - Barack Obama, 8/28/08

    by Hybridity on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 10:20:27 PM PST

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