I am writing a letter to the editor of my local newspaper and I encourage everyone to do the same.
President Bush began the 2006 State of the Union address by praising Coretta Scott King, an American activist. President Bush described Mrs. King as a “beloved, courageous woman who called America to its founding ideals and carried on a noble dream.”
Later in his speech, the President talked about progress, saying that our country has “become a more hopeful nation.” Then suddenly, without warning, he used the word “activist” as a negative, stating he was discouraged by court decisions that grant gay and lesbian Americans such as myself the right to marry the person we love.
I am saddened that President Bush seems to only understand equality once it has been won -- once the struggle against discrimination is over. Civil rights leaders such as Coretta Scott King, on the other hand, are able to better connect the dots between yesterday's injustice and today's.
Please, Mr. President, hear her words as reported in the March 24, 2004 issue of USA Today
: "Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing, and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages."
, March 24, 2004