Dearest family and friends,
promise this is the only time I will ever write you a letter like this.
In fact, I am only brave enough to share these thoughts with you
because I know you care. I know you care about both of us - my beloved
Melinda and me. The mutual respect we share has provided the courage
needed to share these words with you.
begin, I am not asking anything from you. If your understanding and
support is offered it will be a blessing I could never have asked for.
For true understanding is a gift. In this case it would carry a
significance and meaning that is life-changing.
live in a country where freedom and individual rights are not like
privileges which can be given or taken away. They are written into our
Constitution and the laws which govern us. Generation after generation
of brave men and women have fought to protect these rights and freedoms
including both of my grandfathers. We honor them every time we exercise
the rights we have as US citizens, and each time we protect the
individual rights and freedoms of our people.
Although our country hasn’t always gotten it right byway of civil rights and liberties I believe that we strive to.
New generations come along and demand more equality for our people.
Freedom and individual rights are what we stand. That is why this is a
sacred land and a place I am so proud to be from.
thing is, today, right now, Melinda and I are still being denied our
rights as US citizens. We are not full citizens under the law. We would
never ask for special rights but we want the rights you already have.
The legal right to marry is actually only one of hundreds
of legal rights we are being denied because we love each other. We are
tax paying citizens under the same laws as you just with different
treatment of them. This is contrary to everything I know about our
Although a Presidential election is so much bigger than any one issue the
bottom line is this election is about our civil rights; which makes all
others issues a far second. Regardless of the collective choice for
President, on November 7th, you will still have your rights. However one
of the nominees for President has promised he will continue to deny us our rights.
only has he promised to choose a Attorney General who will spend
millions of US tax dollars to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, he
has promised to forge a campaign to Amend the Constitution of the
United States to permanently deny Melinda and I the nearly 1,300 tax and
legal rights that come with marriage and our ability to take care of each
other. Our ability to take care of our children. Our rights to be
treated fairly and equally under the law. What is more American than
know the value of your vote. I respect your choice. It is solely yours.
But, because you care about us, I felt compelled to share that if the
next President believes Melinda and I should be denied our rights as US
citizens than chances are so will the one or two Supreme Court Justices
he selects. That makes this election about far more than four
years. It makes it about the rest of our lives. It means this
election will determine whether or not our children will ever get to
see their parents have the rights of full US citizens.
know voting for Romney may be a vote for many things you believe in. He
may represent things you want for the next four years. I respect that.
But a vote for Romney is also a vote against us and our rights. I
wish this wasn’t his position but it is. And, we needed you to know.