Monday, November 02, 2009

The Marriage Wars

Today I received a flier from the National Organization for Marriage Inc. asking me to challenge Gov. Corzine and Assembly members Green and Stender for their support of gay marriage.

I don't know who these people are, but they are pretty organized, giving phone numbers for folks to call the legislators they oppose.

Meanwhile, my Plainfield church has been involved in a rally for marriage equality, along with many other entities.

But then when I sought a break from household distractions and put on a 1998 Kate Clinton CD, what should I hear but a "Mad Vows Disease" comedy routine on the issue.

I leave it up to the readers to decide what they think about this matter, but is it the main thing in the 2009 campaign? Some say yes and others think property taxes and corruption are more important.

Whatever your issues, please make your way to the polls and vote your conscience.



Blogger Rob said...

I am voting for what's best for the state. NOT what's best for me. In a nutshell, Gay Marriage is a red-herring. The real issues are taxes, corruption, ineffective and unresponsive government that serves itself and those in the blob. Corzine wouldn't get my vote if he were the ONLY one on the ballot.

5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received the same flier Bernice. I would guess that most of the residents of Plainfield, and the state of NJ for that matter, received it too.

The ironic thing is that it was addressed to my domestic partner of 20 years and I. Both of our full names were on the address label.

My partner plans to mail it back to them. I think we all should.

As far as equal marriage rights for gays, I think retired Newark Episcopal Bishop John Spong expresses it best in his Manifesto dated October 15, 2009. . You may read it HERE or paste this in your browser,

I will now take the same stance as the Bishop in my daily life, and I quote him:
"I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality. . "
" I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many. . . "
" I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is "an abomination to God," about how homosexuality is a "chosen lifestyle. . . ,"
"Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy.. . ."

The Bishop continues: "Equality under and before the law is a solemn promise conveyed to all our citizens in the Constitution itself. Can any of us imagine having a public referendum on whether slavery should continue, whether segregation should be dismantled, whether voting privileges should be offered to women?. . . "

And on this Election day, my own manifesto. . .I will no longer vote for any person that does not support equality amongst the people.

Jim Spear

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Organization for Marriage ( is a growing force for great deal of anti-LGBT efforts across the country. NOM was very instrumental in fighting the No. on 8 campaign in California. They have gotten involved in Maine Marriage effort and ... in the NY 23 special congressional election which has nothing to do with marriage or LGBT rights. What the NY 23 campaign is about is pushing a Radical Right Wing politician (Doug Hoffman) over the Republican candidate (Dede Scozzafava) - who just bowed out of the race on Saturday. Also supporting Hoffman are Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

NOM is a wingnut organization and if they are wading into NJ politics, that is not a good thing.


12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to sit and laugh at the gay populous that think they are suddenly behind gay marriage. Where was the support 4 years ago? Why is it not law yet? Wake up people. This is an election ploy for the homos to vote for them. Bernice, dont panick, this is not gay bashing, Im gay. Just annoyed that people are falling for this. Can you really see JG attending a ceremony with 2 guys kissing? I cant see it.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the elections over, but just got around to going through our mail at home. We got the same flier. I am so entranced by it, I haven't thrown it away. I've known about NOM for awhile, but it's disturbing when it hits home. My husband and I (gay couple) at first thought that it was funny that it was addressed to both of us, but the more I look at it I am starting to think about all the uninformed people and the people out there that don't know a gay person...will they believe this message that NOM is spreading? It's very unsettling.

Mike (Plainfield).

10:32 AM  

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