September 7th, 2005

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politics politics and more politics

well I'm just the letter-writing dynamo this week. the California legislature, as you may know, has passed a "gay marriage" bill, AB849, the Gender-Neutral Marriage Act, and now it is on to the governor's office. Take a look at this post linked to by mactavish for details on how to contact the governor. if you aren't from California, I don't know how much your opinion counts in his eyes, but don't think the social conservatives from across the country won't be flooding his office with oppositional calls and emails; go ahead and add yours just in case he cares what the rest of the country thinks.

below is the email I just sent. feel free to use as-is or modified if you like what it says.

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

I am writing to urge you to sign AB849, the Gender-Neutral Marriage Bill, into law as soon as possible. As long as marriage is a state-sponsored institution, it needs to be free of discrimination based upon religious belief, which is what the belief in the "sanctity" of male-female marriage turns out to be, once you investigate its origins. Let the religious right found whatever custom they wish for affirming unions in the name of God; the state should not be involved in such things and should instead extend the right of legal union to people of all genders. We would be joining forward-looking states and even nations in realizing that as a state institution, marriage should include all those who are capable of loving another human being, regardless of the gender of those in love.

I ask you please not to cave to the religious right in this matter; not only will gender-neutral marriage NOT harm "the family" as an institution, but it will strengthen ALL families regardless of their make-up. As is, non-traditional partnerships can come and go with the wind. With state-sponsored gender-neutral marriage, we would be offering a legal route of deepening and strengthening ties between individuals, rather than weakening them. These are truly what the building blocks of society: the bonds between individuals, regardless of how they are gendered. Legally recognizing those bonds can only be a good thing.

Please sign AB849, the Gender-Neutral Marriage Bill.

Sincerely,

Erik M Schneider
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c was right in that there is no place actually to call an office at the art institute, and no one in particular has anything to do with the liberal arts department, but the building sure is beautiful. they have a wireless network in the cafe but I couldn't get it to let me outside of the intranet and I didn't feel like pestering the staff about it just yet.

being in an art college did recall some regret about wasting the opportunity I had at the Atlanta College of Art but then it wasn't that I wasted it so much as at the time I pretty much wanted to die and that was taking up all my time and energy. I do wish I could do that portion of my life over again but for it to work I would have had to have had a different family and different things happening to me as I grew up and I guess that would have meant I wasn't me at all so really everyone else who is not me is pretty much taking my place in that other life I should have led.

hope everyone is doing a good job of it.

it struck me as I walked around all caffeinated that here I am about to get a PhD, I'm the gender I always wanted to be, I'm going to be teaching at the Art Institute of San Francisco and really could things be any better. well I could be getting paid more and I could be not so deeply and desperately in debt but otherwise the circumstances are pretty much the best I could hope for. I mean I know I wanted to be a rock star but living on the west coast teaching artists is not so bad. I've grown up to be a "man" of some kind, which I thought was going to be impossible, and I live independently with a handful of animals and a dream housemate in a tiny gem of an apartment in a lively neighborhood. the only thing I don't have is a sports car and a little pick-up truck. well that and a summer home in the rocky mountains.

life is turning out ok, I think. I hope nothing screws it up, at least not for the next little while. I've had enough of screw-ups for right now. it's probably a great risk just to acknowledge that things are going well. ssshhhhh.
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