Yesterday the Governor of Texas, the person elected to serve all Texans, had this to say to GLBT Texans:
Local NBC Anchor: "Among the protesters were gay veterans and their partners. We asked the governor about his take on gay veterans, many of whom may one day have fewer rights than everyone else."
Rick Perry: "Texans made a decision about marriage and if there's a state that has more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that's a better place for them to live."
[taken from video recording, no official transcript yet]
I am a Texan, and I'll not let the likes of Rick Perry tell me to leave this state. What's next, they'll pass a law that forces us to leave? Are they going to load us into cattle cars and ship us away if we don't go peacefully?
The governor needs to apologize.
The governor needs to apologize. This is proof that the people behind this mean-spirited amendment haven't got the first clue about true Texas values or even true Christian values.
Is this really how we want our governor to act? He should be ashamed of himself, and we Texans should be ashamed of him.
Those who are considering supporting this anti-gay amendment need to know what is at stake here. This isn't about whether you approve of homosexuality or not, or whether you feel queasy when you think of gay sex (most people I know feel queasy picturing any sex). It's about whether gay people should be treated equally under the law--not by the church, that's a separate issue. But should the laws of this state single out a particular group for discrimination? The answer is simple--NO!
We need people of all stripes to stand against this hatred and bigotry. We need to send the governor a message that he cannot relegate any Texans to second-class citizenship, and he sure as hell cannot kick us out of our own State.
To tell the Governor to apologize:
Here is one email sent:
Yesterday you said that if GLBT Texans didn't like the anti-gay laws you are supporting that we should leave Texas. How dare you. Who do you think you are to tell a fellow Texan to leave Texas because they disagree with you? You are even more pompous than I was led to believe. I am a Texan, and I'll not let the likes of you tell me to leave the state I love. You have already been a disaster for this state, and now you are just making it worse. I tell you what I'll do. Instead of leaving, I'll fight you every step of the way, and I'll make sure others do as well. You're a disgrace and an embarrassment to our great State.