We have a dream

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American is heir. It promised that all men would be guaranteed the "unalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

America has defaulted on that promissory note, insofar as citizens of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community are concerned. Instead of honoring the sacred obligation, America has given that community a bad check; a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

We refuse to believe that the bank of equal rights is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we've come to cash a check that will give us, upon demand, the riches of freedom and the security of equal rights.

We still have a dream; a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

We have a dream that, one day, people will rise up and live up to the true meaning of the creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

We have a dream that our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by who they choose to love, but by the content of their character.

We are just like you: fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, lawyers, doctors, clergy. Why can't we have the same equal rights?

John Cole, Lewiston

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Kevin Murphy's picture

We all don't have the same

We all don't have the same dream as you. My dream is that the gay/lesbian community will jump off the marriage band wagon and fight for stronger civil union laws across the country. Marriage for many of us is a religious ceremony and the line we will not cross.
What I don't get is why the g/l community fights so hard for a marriage law when a civil-union law would do exactly the same thing and would be endorsed by a majority of Maine's citizens.
It's this in-your-face attitude that exacerbates the problem in my opinion.
You can cry all you want that everyone that voted yes is a homophobe but then you would be overlooking the fundamental differences the two sides have, and those differences have nothing to do with being anti-gay.

Melissa  Dunn's picture

no matter how you say

no matter how you say it/spray it-still sounds like discrimination to me.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The issue is not about civil

The issue is not about civil rights; it's about civil unions.

Allisa Milliard's picture

What was inflammatory about

What was inflammatory about Pirate's comments? The term "civil union" or the word "comprimise", which would bring more support to the g/l communtiy then the favored word "bigot" has?

Michael Hobbs's picture

Why have one group have

Why have one group have marriages and another group have "civil unions?" It remind me of the whole serperate, but equal. Blacks wanted an education, white people said "hey, we'll give you school just not the one we have our children in." Whether you choose to believe it or not this IS about civil rights. For generations after this finally becomes legel, they will look back it as such. I know I refuse to put my head in the sand and deny others the same rights that I, as a straight individual are granted.

John Chick's picture

You can drop the "separate

You can drop the "separate but equal" argument. That is EXACTLY what the "equality in marriage" law would have done, create two separate entitities, "civil" marriage and "religious" marriage. It also made religious organizations exempt from recognizing or performing "gay marriages." How is that "equal?"

This is NOT about civil rights. It is an attempt by the gay community to convince government to redifine the definition of marriage. (Which the government has no authority to do.)

John A. Chick

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 1816)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

AARRGHH!!!

AARRGHH!!!

ERNEST LABBE's picture

John you one of the few who

John you one of the few who know that the founding fathers created a
"Republic" and not a "Democracy".

That said has any opened minded person denied your right to live your life as you wish? The road block you are running into is wanting to use the word marriage instead of another word meaning the same thing. Is it really imperative that you use the word marriage. The homosexual community has sucesssfully changed the meaning of the word gay. When I was a child if you were gay you were happy, cheerful, etc. Perhps civil union for everyone is the way to go with marriage reserved for a male and a female.

I personally could care less how other people live their lives but I will not be bullied into accepting their wants on everything.

Just for the record my life partner (female) and I have been together under one roof for 23 years and have never had the privilages afforded to married couples, nor do we seek to have them.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great post, Ernest. You

Great post, Ernest. You nailed it spot on.

Melissa  Dunn's picture

VERY GOOD LETTER JOHN!

VERY GOOD LETTER JOHN!

EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE! =]

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Diversions from natural law

Diversions from natural law sever the code of equality.

Melissa  Dunn's picture

its comments like these that

its comments like these that have me asking myself 'why are you telling it to me?' hehe!

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