July 19, 2006
Subject: Chandler spits on KY GLBT families
Rep. Ben Chandler was one of the few Democrats to vote today in SUPPORT for amending the US Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. I hope he doesn't run for Governor or any other office, because I cannot in good conscience vote for him. I really don't see how any self-respecting GLBT or progressive Kentuckian could. I urge others to support a better candidate or simply to not vote for people who would amend the US CONSTITUTION with such bigotry! There are some actions that are so extreme that they make a candidate impossible to support.
Hats off to the Republicans who again deftly used this wedge issue to break off parts of the Democratic base...and shame again on the Democrats like Chandler who fell for these hate politics.
As expected, all KY's other representatives (all Republican) voted to amend our Constitution with special rights.
"Should public universities extend health benefits to domestic partners of non-married employees?"
Take advantage of this chance to speak up for fair treatment of employees in Sen. Dick Roeding's backyard.
July 17, 2006
In case you haven't heard yet, Sen. Richard Roeding (R-Lakeside Park) made a few appallingly small-minded comments in the newspapers over the weekend.
On Friday he told the Courier-Journal he found the newly approved Domestic Partner Benefit plan “repulsive,” adding, "I don't want to entice any of those people into our state. Those are the wrong kind of people.” (story here)
Almost immediately, our pal Jimmy LaSalvia of Kentucky Log Cabin Republicans put out the call for his resignation. When a reporter from the (Northern) Kentucky Post asked Roeding about it, he called Log Cabin a "bunch of queers." (story here)
The good news is, the editorial pages over the weekend seem to be firmly on the right side of history:
Pat Crowley, Kentucky Enquirer
Try Tolerance Instead
Louisville Courier-Journal editorial staff
At U of L, 'people are people'
Larry Dale Keeling, Lexington Herald-Leader
U of L doing right by workers
If you're as ticked off as we are, you want to DO something. Check out KFA's one-click advocacy campaigns for two ways to speak out against Roeding's hatred:
- Sign the petition thanking the U of L Board of Trustees and urging University President James Ramsey to implement the policy immediately.
- Send an e-mail to your U.S. Representative telling her or him to be a better example than Roeding and oppose the discriminatory federal anti-marriage amendment.
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