|March 10, 2004|
Please contact John Kerry on his current gay marriage stand, his
DC Phone: 202-224-2742; Fax: 202-224-8525
Boston Phone: 617-565-8519; Fax: 617-248-3870
Senator Kerry's e-mail
must now go through his website,
If you are going to phone, all you have to do is call and say,
1. your name, 2. where you are from and 3. that you would like to leave a message for Senator Kerry ___________ (fill in the blank.)
In my case, I begged that he support the equal and legal rights for ALL people in The United States and to support marriage for all!
** Now I realize that his "public stance" about not supporting gay marriage is most likely for political reasons. He is trying to land middle America. But I still feel it is vital that we still let him know how we all feel. This is America folks ... the Nation that is supposed to be FOR ITS PEOPLE!
Let your voice be heard! Let Freedom Ring!
Thank you for your Courage!
|February 14, 2004|
|Hello Everybody! .... And Happy Valentines Day!
Please carefully read what is below...
Top 10 Reasons for Marriage Equality!
(As listed by The Human Rights Campaign)
10. Marriage equality would build on America’s
tradition of moving civil rights forward and erasing the inequities of
the past. More than 10 nations already allow same-sex couples to
get married or to enter federally recognized domestic partnerships.
What’s more, the fact that excluding same-sex couples from marriage
has a long history in this country doesn’t necessarily mean that this
policy is in keeping with American values. The real tradition in this
country has been to pass laws to safeguard the American people and to
expand laws where they leave citizens unprotected, as was done for
voting rights and workplace protections. It is also an American
tradition to abandon discriminatory laws, even if they are popular –
as were bans on interracial marriage and Jim Crow laws segregating the
races in everyday life.
It has never been amended to single out a class of people for unequal treatment,
but it has been amended to grant freedom of speech,
religious liberty and voting rights for women. The Constitution should
secure equality, not restrict it.
OK ... so now ... this is me, Christian talking ...
I am expecting every sexually diverse person out there who listens to the sound of my voice... to start standing up and demanding his or her rights! It is your right to LOVE and MARRY who you choose. However, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY that you represent yourself HONESTLY and with INTEGRITY. I am also asking those who DO respect sexually diverse people (who are heterosexual) to stand up with us and let the world know that hatred, bias, segregation and separation will no longer do!
You know what? I used to not believe in gay marriage. No, really ... I DID NOT BELIEVE IN GAY MARRIAGE! I wanted to be respectful of other heterosexuals and their views. I was willing to take a back seat and allow others to feel more valued than me. But it took a heterosexual TRUE AMERICAN judge in the State of Massachusetts to wake me up! This judge told those seeking simple Civil Unions, "You know what? That is not enough! That is not fair! That is not constitutional! YOU DESERVE MORE! YOU DESERVE MARRIAGE IF YOU WANT IT!"
Wow! You know what? ... I think I would now like heterosexuals to RESPECT AND VALUE ME NOW! My Jamie and I have been together 8 years folks.
That is 8 years of good times and challenging times. 8 years of Loving and Cherishing God, The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ together. 8 years of companionship and praying and sitting and eating dinner together. 8 years of waking one another up because of a bad dream and talking it out. 8 years of helping each other clean the house, wash the dishes and shop for the food. 8 years of waking one another up to go to work and 8 years of being there to say good-night. 8 years of experiencing times of sickness and good health. 8 years of seeing dreams that came true and some that did not. 8 years of seeing babies get born and putting Loved ones in the ground. 8 years of reaching out and helping others unable to help themselves. 8 years of dedicated community service, and 8 wonderful years of service to our families, our friends, our neighbors, our city, our Nation, our Churches and our jobs .... Don't we deserve the same rights as all others? Can't you see how blessed by God we are? Don't we deserve credit?
PLEASE ... TELL ME YOU SAID YES!
And now that I really think of it, marriage is about the commitment of TWO PEOPLE to stick it out and be there for one another (through thick and thin) ... no matter what! Who says you HAVE to be only a MAN and a WOMAN to do that? Hundreds and thousands of sexually diverse people have been sticking it out with the same person for decades! And yet that is not to be utterly respected socially? What I find funny at the same time, is that Jamie and I are usually the "relationship" everyone ends up admiring, whether the person is gay or straight. You see the commitment, the generosity, the understanding and The Love we have for one another and it is hard NOT to be compelled. Another thing I find so distasteful is how so many will go on and on and on about the "sanctity" of marriage between a man and a woman, but then over 50% of all heterosexual marriages end in divorce! And to those who go on and on about the blessed Bible, while you will never find Christ saying even ONE WORD about it being 'wrong" to be gay, you will hear Him over and over again condemning divorce!
We call this, "AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE." Ladies and gents, we are far, far from it! With this great question looming whether or not "gays" are equal in their humanity just like everyone else, it seems our nation has no Soul. Are sexually diverse people not human? Are we not allowed to have free choice? Are we to believe that those who we choose to maintain Loving relationships with, who bring us solace, companionship and comfort are second class? As I listen to all the different opinions on the news, online and on the street, I am sickened by the blind ignorance and intolerance I am witnessing.
And when I observe this whole mess, I see that Love and companionship between two same gendered couples is rarely (if) ever mentioned. What everyone is thinking about truly ... is sex. We are a sex obsessed culture! People everyday are destroying their bodies, by yoyo dieting and remaining in depression because they believe "they are not sexy" or good or young enough! We spend billions and billions of dollars on items and things to help us FEEL more sexy. Sexuality is a personal and private issue. It is about what is going on inside, and it is about the individual expression you choose to share with another in the most intimate way. Sexuality is a gift from God and it can be very beautiful. Especially when lust is pushed past and feelings of Love are reached for. But today, we are a lust driven society. Lust is about never feeling fed or full. Only Love can do that. Only Love can make us feel full. Everyone needs to get their imaginations out of the gutter. And you need to ask yourself, if your imagination is in the gutter, what or who else is down there with you?
To those of you who hide your hatred and social prejudice behind God, don't for one second tell me you know who God is! Cause you don't. God is Love. And don't tell me about the Bible, cause if you knew anything about the Bible you would know that the word Homosexual was never even written in the original languages. The word homosexual (or any reference to it) never hit the pages of the good book until the late 1800's. Some scholar read a word for "temple prostitute" and then transcribed it as "Homosexual" and just ... added it in! And funny thing about Jesus was ... the first person He appeared in front of after His resurrection ... (to share the good news with) had been a prostitute! Doesn't that say anything to you?
God allows His children the freedom to live their lives and make successes AND mistakes if need be. Eventually we all find God for ourselves in time. But none of us have the right to say who knows or deserves the Creator's Love and who does not! If you have hate in your Heart, you certainly do not know Christ. You have NO clue who He is and what He came here to do. And you are buying into some evil rant that someone else TAUGHT you to believe in!
Today I watched the news and watched dozens of venomous people react to the fact that sexually diverse people are now wanting their rights. It made my Heart hurt as I watched thoughtless, cruel and arrogant accusations being made one on top of the other. It reminded me so much of the 1950's when black civil rights marches would evoke bigoted responses from the general public. This is history repeating.
But many are stepping up to bat and swinging back hard at the opposition. Mayor Gavin Newsome of San Francisco has so bravely opened up his offices to allow same sex couples a run on marriage licenses. This is historic and has never happened before. Mayor Newsome is having his city employees stay late into the night to attend to the hundreds and hundreds now standing in line ...before the State shuts the office down. This city of San Francisco is breaking the law and showing just how unjust our Country has become by doing so. Thank you Mayor Newsome for your courage! MAY GOD BLESS YOU ... AND MAY GOD BLESS GAY AMERICA AND THOSE WHO LOVE AND RESPECT US AND REVERE OUR RIGHT TO BE FREE!
Now on to other news ...
(For those of you who DO still Love me! LOL!)
Jason Warner and I finished recording our duet of "Still" and it will be out in his greatest hits package soon. I will also be adding the tune to my 2-CD set "Storybook Collection" as well. I am due to hit the recording studio very soon and finish up "New Millennial Man." A company called The Orchard will be doing something called, "On Demand" albums for me soon. I plan on releasing "New Millennial Man" that way (as soon as that service is ready and going.) Until then ... you will be able to hear a few selections from that album on "Storybook Collection" which will be available via my onsite Listening Store and major Online retailers everywhere some time in May.
** FINGERS CROSSED!**
Speaking of recording, I am looking for producers to work with on the project now. If all goes well, I should have something to play toward the end of the year. It is hard to guess when "art" will be ready. It is a long and shifty process. I guess that is what makes it art in the first place!
Other than music, I am back to doing one-on-ones and fitting them in whenever I can do them. If it is taking me awhile for either LAM, Jamie or me to get back, it is only because we are up to our eye brows with all the stuff we have going on! Another thing I have undertaken is teaching what I call "Lightworker" clinics during the weekends starting this April. I share much of what I have learned in metaphysical Christianity in these intensive "almost all day" sessions. Good Stuff!
Hope all of you are happy, well and have something to look forward to! It is so important in life to have something to look forward to! I cannot stress that enough!
So what is your dream?
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