January 06, 2004

John Lewis Speaks Hard Truths

Black Light online has a wonderful essay from Congressman John Lewis (D-GA):

At A Crossroads Over Gay Marriage

[ ... ] It is time to say forthrightly that the government's exclusion of our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters from civil marriage officially degrades them and their families. It denies them the basic human right to marry the person they love. It denies them numerous legal protections for their families. This discrimination is wrong. We cannot keep turning our backs on Gay and Lesbian Americans. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation...

When I read about the Brittany Spears wedding fiasco, I was in a really pissed off mood. Reading the level-headed words of Lewis is so calming. I wish Dean would listen to me and offer the VP slot to the honorable congressman.

Posted by ronn at January 6, 2004 01:27 AM

I have had the pleasure of meeting Congressman lewis. He was the keynote speaker at Atlanta Black Gay Pride's community luncheon in 2002 and gave a speach that had most people in the room laughing hysterically one moment and in tears the next. His drive and dedication is so genunine that just being in his presence is motivating and inspiring. Posted by: Prime on January 6, 2004 07:30 AM
Prime: I've always admired Mr. Lewis. And I'm serious about him being VP. I know it'll never happen, but I can still dream. Maybe there's hope for him becoming a Senator in a couple of years. Posted by: ronn on January 6, 2004 09:05 AM
of course the extreme right will blame the britney fiasco to the gays for devaluing marriage... Posted by: no milk on January 7, 2004 08:52 AM
The extreme right will blame their gas on us! ;-) Posted by: ronn on January 7, 2004 08:51 PM
Wow, kudos to John Lewis. Someone should nominate him to the Supreme court. Posted by: don on January 19, 2004 01:30 AM
I wish! Should Dean or another moderate/progressive kick the current resident from the White House, he'd make a wise choice for a number of top level positions: Sec'y of State, Att'y Gen., State Dept. Head, and dream of dreams, VP of these here United States. Posted by: ronn on January 19, 2004 06:34 PM