I just found out (through Americablog) that my congressman, whom I had such high hopes in, voted with the Bush administration <em>again</em>. I’m disgusted, disheartened, shocked even. When I voted for him I thought he was a real progressive. He sure had me fooled.
My letter to him:
I’m writing to tell you that I am extremely disappointed in your vote to exclude federal funds from D.C.’s partner registry law. I am also disappointed that you would crumble under pressure from the Oval office (or whomever pressured you against domestic partnerships).
“In threatening a veto the White House on Wednesday issued a statement saying: “The Administration strongly opposes the bill’s exclusion of a longstanding provision that disallows the use of Federal funds to register unmarried, cohabitating couples in the District, to enable them to qualify for benefits on the same basis as legally married couples. Under Federal law, legal marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Federal tax dollars are not used to extend employment benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees, and D.C. should not enjoy an exception to this rule.””
I am a strong proponent of gay marriage/civil unions, as well as hetero domestic partnerships and believe that if two people love each other and are in a long term, committed relationship they should be granted the same rights and benefits that married heterosexuals receive. I believe that this administration favors second-class citizenship status for the homosexual community (who should be considered full citizens regardless of their sexual orientation) and that voting with them on issues such as these you are contributing to that status for millions of Americans.
I was proud to vote for you last November because I was excited to finally give the ideologues on the right a run for their money. Unfortunately, it looks like nothing has changed.
By the way, I left this as a comment on another blog and just decided to paste that here. My congressman will undoubtedly google his name (or someone in his office, who is wont to do at the drop of a hat) so we’ll see if he can find me in other ways.
Didn’t take him long to find me. Do they pay people just to google their details all day?
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