Ok, this time I have notes. Lots of notes. A half hour in and I feel it’s time to do a brain dump.
First up we had Warwick, RI City Treasurer David Olson (sp?). He and his partner Leonard Flood both testified.
Olson and Flood married in MA . They are Episcopalian, and Bishop Shore allowed them the opportunity to marry in an Episcopal church in Seekonk, MA. Olson is disappointed that RI doesn’t allow gay marriage. He goes on to state that he is unable to put his husband on his city health insurance here in RI. Oddly enough, the company I work for that isn’t even based in RI allows me to insure my partner.
He did say the below which I love:
“To be a leader you must be willing to continue the vision of Roger Williams which was to create an inclusive democratic society that allowed everyone the freedom to worship and think as they please, and to make sure the basic rights of any civil society are provided to every individual and not just to a certain group of individuals.”
You aren’t redefining the definition of marriage, you are enhancing the definition of marriage.
I do note the NOM bigots are holding their signs of 1 man + 1 woman = Marriage. I’d like to ask they fold those signs up until they are all corners and shove them up their asses.
Next bigot to testify is Mr. Galapo. I get the impression he’s been well coached on this subject. He goes on to thank those who flew in from out of state! (What the fuck are they doing in RI?) he cites NOM, ADF, Ruth Institute, FRC saying that hey speak for a lot of RI’ers. I will contend that they don’t.
Galapo conitnues on with the ‘fact’ that people on the same sex marriage side are about validating a life style choice (Bigot speak!) and how it isn’t about validating their love, relationships, it is about institution of marriage. I beg to differ.
Galapo references David Blankenhorn, the very same who was discredited during the Prop 8 trial..
Galopo goes on with the standard “It’s about children apparently, and I want to speak out about children.” What, that they’re little bastards and should be nailed into a barrel until the age of 30? No, nothing so draconian I suppose.
Galopo says that government has a responsibility to defend public and their interest in marriage using law and policy to defend marriage.
He then says the U.S. census for the year 2000 states that 2.3% of population is gay. Wrong, wrong, wrong. We’re a lot more than 2.3%. We’re more in the range 5 to 10 percent.
Galapo then goes on about the well being of children, grandchildren, and that to satisfy a small group, on the basis of CHOSEN sexual behavior, is not compassionate to children.
Finally, Galapo brings up poll that 80% want to vote on it, which I’ve disproved handily on this very blog, it’s closer to 30% than 80%. That’s a fifty point spread, so someone is telling a bald faced lie.
Next up is RI Rep. Ferri:
Rep. Ferri thanks Chairwoman Ajello. Says that marriage should be revered, that God put them in leadership position. Ferri heard others testify that relationships don’t last. In order to abolish this lie, he has his husband, Tony Caparco with him. They have been together for 30 years. Cripes, we’re just shy of 20 years in casa Truthspew.
Ferri agrees that we have a representative republic form of government and that if you want to put everything on the ballot then the legislature doesn’t need to exist. Ferri goes on with the rhetorical ” Why do we waste all that money to campaign when everything could be on the ballot. ”
Ferri introduces his good friend Dr. Peter Snyder, Professor of Neurology, Vice President of research for Lifespan group. Dr. Snyder makes it clear he isn’t speaking for Lifespan though I have the feeling that Lifespan is in our camp. And Snyder was the most powerful check against the bigots in this part of the hearing.
Snyder is dual trained as clinical neuropsychologist, and cognitive scientist.
Snyder’s Brother is an MD and lives in Warwick and is gay. The brother married his partner in Canada but Snyder goes on how they don’t have the rights in their home state to have their marriage recognized.
Snyder’s tells us that his children have two loving uncles that they adore. They make no distinction and see marriage a promise between two adults to love and take care of each other for life, not just exclusive to heterosexuals. I should note that this is precisely what scares the bigots, that children realized that there is nothing wrong with being gay. I’ve known this for a long time, that the bigots would use the children as a weapon against our rights because their religious arguments just don’t have the weight or gravitas it once did. And it isn’t going to get it back.
Snyder states that he studies human sexuality and is also the editor of Brain and Cognition that on occasion looks at human sexuality and the literature around it. Imagine, a scientist! Love it!
Snyder says that the best most credible, replicable and reliable science understands that human sexuality runs on a continuum and is a mix of genetic, hormonal and neuro-development. Expression of which is beyond human control. He mentions would like to be 2 to 4 inches taller, but can’t change that just like you cannot change sexuality.
When Snyder told his children he wouldn’t be there for dinner that evening because he was testifying for marriage equality he explained the importance of talking to legislators so his uncles could be married. His 7 year old looked up at him and said “Daddy, that’s silly. They should be married already”
Yeah bigots, your time is coming to a close.
Rep. Valencia – supports H5012 – submited testimony regarding scientific evidence. He’s not a lawyer, trained as a scientist though his bio on his legislature page makes no mention. I get a feeling it’s social science which is valid too. If it involves observation, hypothesizing and making an educated synthesis then yes, it qualifies.
Valencia reminds us that there is no scientific basis in claim that M-M, F-F parents are any different than M-F parents.
Valencia also brought up a favrite MLK quote of mine that said “The Moral Arc of the Universe bends toward Justice! Neither Valencia or I could have said it any better.
Back to a bigot and his son:
Michael Casey – father and husband and has been married for 21 years and has 5 children, is a Christian and is there to defend marriage. Casey requests that the committee reject 5012 and support 5260. He says that the union of one man and one woman is critical.
Casey aks What is fairness? He then says that attempts to redefine marriage are unjust, and unfair to everyone including children.
Continuing to parrot discredited ‘science’ on the part of the bigots, Casey says that discrimination based on gender or race is defined by immutable qualities. Continues to say that there is no scientific basis to why someone is gay. Says that his main point is that marriage is between one man and one woman. To treat things differently is not unjust discrimination.
Yeah – ok, not unjust discrimination? Boy needs to have his head examined.
Casey spews that reserving marriage to a man and a woman is not a denial of equality. He says there are many ways to protect basic rights and equal dignity of persons without redefining marriage. Sure there are, if you want to spend thousands on attorney fees and then be uncertain if everyone has copies of those documents. Casey’s arguments are patently ridiculous.
Blathering on, Casey says that or the state to redefine marriage would be to intentionally and institutionally deprive children of their basic right to a mom and a dad. He asks if mothers and father indispensable , that there’s a difference in intentionally depriving a child of a mother or father.
Casey then tries to predict what same sex marriage is going to do his and other marriages or families? He says that redfining marriage would deconstruct and de-institutionalize marriage from a social institution in service to the child, into a private relationship between adults. Where the hell has this guy been for the last 200 years?
Ajello finally cuts him off as his time is up. He asks to close and is allowed and starts reading sentence after sentence until Ajello finally cuts him off. Nice!
Evan Casey (Son of Michael) up:
Even says that purpose of marriage is to create and foster new life, and express love between two people. (I bet young Evan is just itching to find his Special Purpose!) In a same sex union love can be expressed, but new life cannot be created. A bigot in training is a sad thing to see.
Rabbi (Whose name I didn’t catch, but she’s a reform rabbi) speaks in support of marriage equality. Those opposed to marriage equality often site Lev. 18:22, book is often misunderstood and this quote is taken out of context. Prohibitions that do not relate to modern lives. Teaches us about sacred living, treating our fellow human beings with respect. You shall not hate your brother in your heart, you should love your neighbor as yourself. She says that the text can be used to persecute, or bring justice. Let us bring justice.
These are just notes from the 1st third of the 3rd disc.