She/He Said Week of March 22

By |2007-03-22T09:00:00-04:00March 22nd, 2007|Opinions|

“Most Democrats understand, and should understand, that morality isn’t derived from sexual orientation or gender identity. Morality is how you treat your neighbor, support your community and sacrifice for your family and country. When I tuck my daughter into bed at night, those are the values I teach her. We expect Democratic candidates and elected officials to reaffirm those same values, to speak up when families or individuals are scapegoated or maligned for political gain, and to proactively argue the benefits of treating all Americans equally under the law without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
{ITAL – Jo Wyrick, Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats
The National Stonewall Democrats response March 15, to remarks made by Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) when each was asked to clarify if a same-sex sexual orientation made someone immoral. Both Senators have refused to answer the question which followed comments made by Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune in which called American service personnel immoral.}

“I’ve heard from a number of my friends, and I’ve certainly clarified with them any misunderstanding that anyone had, because I disagree with General Pace completely. I do not think homosexuality is immoral.”
– Statement of Senator Hillary Clinton, March 16.

“I do not agree with General Pace that homosexuality is immoral. Attempts to divide people like this have consumed too much of our politics over the past six years.”
– Statement of Senator Barack Obama, March 16.

“People like the general (U.S. General Pace) – in other words, bigots – often wrap their objections up in claims of fundamental right and wrong where sexual orientation is concerned: I have a moral objection to homosexuality, they will say loftily. I’ve always thought “visceral” would be a better and truer adjective. As in, a gut-level objection to people of the same sex engaging in physical or emotional intimacy. If those who feel that objection would admit to being driven by instinct and not principle, I could at least respect their honesty. Frankly, it’s not uncommon for heterosexual people to flinch at the idea of homosexual intimacy. But the problem is, that admission would cost gay haters the pretense of principle.”
– By Leonard Pitts Jr., Knight Ridder Newspapers, ‘Armed with moral judgments’, March 17.

After signing papers and listening to a short speech from a local councilor, Diaz, 27, said “Married.” Ramirez, 31, said “My husband.” They hugged but declined to kiss.
– Alejandro Diaz and Rafael Ramirez tied the knot in a short ceremony held in a city council building, in Mexico City Friday, the first since the city approved a law permitting civil unions in November, 2006. Reported by Reuters, March 16.

“The era of plurality and diversity is permeating Mexico City.”
– Julio Cesar Moreno, the local councilor who oversaw the civil union ceremony, speaking to dozens of wellwishers and journalists.

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