Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"What do you think I fought for in Omaha Beach?"

Andy Towle has blogged about an 86-year-old World War II veteran speaking about why he supports gay equality. Maine is in the midst of voting on ballot Question 1, an initiative which, if approved, would overturn the recently enacted same-sex civil marriage law and would thus deny lesbian and gay couples the right to equal state protections afforded by civil marriage in Maine. In his testimony, apparently recorded during public hearings held in April before passage of the same-sex marriage bill in Maine, this hero of World War II cuts to the core of the matter and speaks to his own experience: "My wife and I did not raise four sons [so that] three of them would have a certain set of rights but our gay child would be left out." My partner and I have contributed to the "No on 1" campaign and urge all our friends to do the same. It's about fairness, something I would hope we all can support. Watch the video. It's that moving:

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