View Full Version : Please pray!!!
08-06-2007, 10:51 AM
Please keep this couple, Indianapolis, and all of the state of Indiana in your thoughts and prayers as we struggle here with our rights to marriage and basic equality! This story is a perfect example of the type of intolerance we here face every day.
The last bit from the article is just awful...
The record also shows that she told Conrad that if her son was going to return to life with his partner after recovering from his stroke, she would prefer he not recover at all.
In the bid for a rehearing, the Atkinses' lawyer denies Jeanne Atkins made the comment.
...and this is not the first time I've heard of such things coming from the mouth of a mother.
Years ago, I worked in a hobby store (framing department) in Oklahoma. There was a lovely Mormon lady that I adored who had a son with some learning challenges. We hired him briefly in the frame shop. He was such a sweety but it just didn't work out.
Well...after I left that job, I heard from a friend that this lovely lady had made the comment, "If my son were gay, I'd just as soon he were dead."
(not that he was gay anyway, but still...)
08-06-2007, 11:20 AM
I find it amazing that, at no time (that I read at least) does anyone address what Patrick would choose were he capable of choosing. I understand that this is something that could never be proven given his present state, but does any sane, rational person think he'd choose his parents over his partner?
Yes, the original trial court had the discretion to decide, and yes, the appellate court was hamstrung by the fact that there was nothing they could point to legally that the trial court had messed up, but gimme a break!
It's really outrageous and very, very sad. May Brett have to strength to continue this fight; may Patrick's parents have a change of heart; and may justice prevail in the minds of future judges hearing this case.
And may all of us learn this valuable lesson....
08-06-2007, 12:52 PM
I will certainly pray: that perhaps, his family could join together in taking care of him rather than fighting, and acknowledge his wishes.
08-06-2007, 07:06 PM
The comment section that goes with this article is viscious to the family. The comments are death wishers, curse words and other nasty things. I have posted some thoughts on nonviolence to no avail. The hate meeting hate continues.
It would be cool if some nonviolence supporters supported the family and this mother. What she is doing to her son and his partner will not change if we are going to beat her up. Only love can change hearts and minds.
As Gandhi said: The fastest way to bring justice for ourselves is to render it to to others.
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