Vote No on Proposition 2

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 24, 2005

Dear Editor,
    I encourage everyone to take the time to vote early or at the polls on Nov. 2 [Endorsements, Oct. 21]. Austin is a stronghold of liberal thought and action; it is important that a great number of people vote against Proposition 2, which adds discrimination against and exclusiveness of gay persons to the Texas Constitution.
    It seems odd that the segment of society which rails the most loudly about the negative aspects of a “gay lifestyle” (i.e., substance abuse, promiscuity) are determined as well to withhold the very thing – an acknowledged and committed relationship between persons of the same gender – which would over time reduce those irresponsible behaviors.
    I am not appealing to heterosexuals, whose votes are essential to defeat Proposition 2, because it is their responsibility to help the gay community evolve. The most vital reason for defeating this amendment is to send the message to the religious self-righteous that we cannot tolerate the enactment of discriminatory laws that are solely supported by dogma; and to prevent us from becoming a religious state or theocracy, governed by mob rule rather than the precept that all persons have the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness and equality under the law.
    Rest assured many preachers will be extolling their congregations to get out on Nov. 2 to do the “work of God,” ignoring the teachings of their founder (Christ) who warned, “Depart – as you [withheld from] the least of these, you [withheld from] me.”
Kenney C. Kennedy
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