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(If you live in North Carolina) PLEASE write and call your state representatives... [29 May 2004|02:24pm]

wfdude
[ mood | worried ]

and ask them to oppose an amendment to the NC Constitution banning any recognition of same-sex relationships, not limited to just same-sex marriage. The link is HERE and I've included my own letter here that may help some of you construct your own letter. Please folks, take 10 or 15 minutes out of your day and do this. It's very simple. Speak from the heart. Do your part to fight against discrimination against lgbt people.

Message sent to the following recipients:
Representative Jeffus
Message text follows:

Joshua Wynne
[personal address here]
May 29, 2004

The Honorable Margaret M. Jeffus
16 W Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Dear Representative Jeffus,

I am a May graduate of UNC-Greensboro and an avid supporter of you,
always displaying a "Maggie Jeffus for NC House" sign in front of my apartment every two years. I know you have been a supporter of pro- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legislation and issues in the past.

I am writing to you to ask you to argue and vote against an amendment to the NC Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage, as well as almost any recognition of same-sex couples that is possible. Tens of thousands of loving same-sex couples live in this state, and many in your district who are very dear to me. I personally hope that I will find the man of my dreams and we can enter into a permanent relationship together someday. Such an amendment would be devistating to all lgbt people because it will prevent an entire segment of the population from ever having a loving relationship recognized in any way by the state.

North Carolina already has a Defense of Marriage Act which prevents us from having a relationship being defined as "marriage" by the state. Hopefully, as attitudes on social issues change around the world and in this state, this law can be repealed and same-sex couples can finally be treated equally to heterosexual marriages in this state. This amendment would make it nearly impossible for lgbt couples to ever be treated equally in this state.

Furthermore, the NC Constitution has always been a document to protect the people of this state and grant rights to its citizens, but never a document to purposely prevent a segment of the population from having certain rights. To write discrimination into the NC Constitution would be a travesty and disgrace and it would go against the fundamental principles this country was founded on, and which this state's constitution is based on -- that all people should be treated equally under the law.

Representative Jeffus, this is a drastic attempt to permanently deem lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in this state as second class citizens. I ask you to please do everything within your power to persuade fellow representatives to vote against this amendment, and to fight against it in committee so as to prevent it from coming toa floor vote, or to a public vote in November. Such a mean-spirited and discriminatory amendment does not belong in the NC Constitution and would be devistating to all lgbt people and our allies.

Sincerely,

Joshua Wynne
[sorry for all the cross-posting, just trying to get the word out]

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Very disturbing... Wake County's (soon to be new) homophobic and fundamentalist Christian based sex-ed policy [17 Dec 2003|07:41pm]

wfdude
[ mood | strange ]

Wake Backs Revising Sex Ed
Limits could affect all grades, subjects

By T. Keung Hui, Staff Writer

RALEIGH -- Everything sex- related, from Greek mythology to advice from school counselors, would be regulated by a sweeping abstinence policy that was given preliminary approval Tuesday by the Wake County school board.

The policy would require that school employees teach about abstinence whenever sexual subjects are discussed. Supporters of the policy, which passed by a 5-3 vote, said it would ensure that students get the same message from teachers and other school employees.

"I believe it is important for us to set strong standards for our children to look up to and for each of our staff to know what to say when the opportunity emerges to urge students to be abstinent sexually," said board member Bill Fletcher.

But critics accused supporters of trying to impose their religious beliefs on others and promoting a policy that has unknown implications.

"If we pass this policy, I believe our face will be turned away from anyone who is different or who happens not to believe exactly as we do," said board member Kathryn Watson Quigg.

The new policy could come up for final approval Jan. 6, though it may be delayed until the issue can be discussed by the board's program committee. The committee has no set date for discussing the policy.

Last year, the school board voted 5-4 to give students in grades seven through nine more lessons about contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases and tolerance of gays and lesbians. Abstinence is still the primary focus of those lessons.

The board also allowed administrators to start new comprehensive sex education electives in grades 10 through 12. So far, only Wakefield High School in North Raleigh is offering the electives.

Current policy opposed

Opponents of last year's changes said they went too far. Led by Fletcher, who is running for state schools superintendent, the critics took advantage of the election of new board members in October to push for a new policy.

The new policy mandates 11 restrictions that should be followed when dealing with sexual topics. School employees cannot encourage or demonstrate the use of contraceptives, and they must discuss the current legal status of "homosexual acts" in North Carolina when talking about how AIDS is transmitted.

The proposal essentially would expand abstinence guidelines to cover all grades and all subjects, not just health education in grades seven through nine.

But in covering everything, the policy might be too broad, some fear.

Uncertainties cited

School board attorney Ann Majestic said sexual issues are brought up in many classes.

"I can imagine all manner of classes -- English classes, social studies classes -- that could fall under this policy," Majestic said. "This makes me uncomfortable."

Schools Superintendent Bill McNeal said the policy will need clarification before teachers know what to do to comply.

Critics of the new policy seized on that uncertainty, saying teachers in subjects other than health could be asked to discuss issues they're not trained to talk to students about.

"I don't believe our staff does have a clear understanding of what this will mean," said school board Chairwoman Susan Parry. "It is irresponsible for us to vote on this until we've had some information on this."

Board member Beverley Clark said the message of abstinence would be "cheapened" if it is constantly discussed in classes other than health. But board member Amy White disagreed.

"The message we need to tell students is, abstinence is the only way to prevent pregnancies," White said. "The more we say it, the better."

Critics also said the policy probably would lead to elimination of the new health electives.

"All it does is limit information to students and deny parents choices," Clark said. "With 109,000 students, we have a responsibility to give facts."

Fletcher acknowledged that the concerns raised need to be addressed. But he said the policy still needs to be adopted to move Wake forward.

Issue wasn't on agenda

Usually, administrators would have had a chance to review a policy proposal before it went before the board. But that didn't happen with the new policy because it wasn't on the board's agenda for Tuesday.

Fletcher had to introduce the issue before it could be discussed. Because the policy wasn't listed as an agenda item, it requires two votes before it could be acted on.

"I've heard people say you're supporting this for religious reasons or political reasons," said board member Ron Margiotta. "But I'm supporting this because I honestly believe it's in the best interests of the students."

The New Policy and How Members VotedCollapse )
http://www.newsobserver.com/front/story/3135285p-2836712c.html

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[19 Nov 2003|12:18pm]

trefelix
[ mood | pissed off ]

Sad.

Bush Slams Gay Marrage Ruling

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Something Interesting [09 Nov 2003|10:15pm]

trefelix
I found this surfing another journal:

Equal Rights for All


Inform. Pass it on.
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Planet Z - Offically Open [07 Nov 2003|10:26pm]

trefelix
Ah, nice to have a website that's open and active (I hope.)

Please, feel freak to make yourselves comfortable and such.

trefelix
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