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My Letter To My State Senator, Shirley Huntley

August 31, 2010 1 comment




By Jeff Newman

The recent post about Shirley Huntley made me think of the letter I sent her on the day after the NY State Assembly made a ruling denying equal rights and protection to Gay New Yorkers:


December 3, 2009

Senator Huntley,

Your vote against equality was upsetting and disappointing. As an African-American woman, I would expect you to have better respect for what are clearly issues of Equal and Civil Rights for all human beings. I equate your vote to someone voting no on Loving Vs. Virginia.

State Senator Shirley Huntley

Your shameful vote keeps our state, which should be a beacon to the nation, as yet another example of failure to enter the 21st century. In 50 years, when students talk about the victory of the election of the first President of African Descent, it will be paired with the shame of denying full rights to all Americans.

Bottom line, I hope you can sleep at night with your vote for a modern day Jim Crow law.

Sincerely,

Jeff Newman



I am neither gay nor a person of a color but this upset me as a human being. I felt that based simply on whom she was, Sen. Huntley should have a better view of what is fundamentally right and wrong as opposed to just appealing to the current anti-Gay marriage sentiment in our district. It is a historic chance to right an inequality inherent in our society and she threw it away. Eventually, when this issue goes before the Supreme Court, the court case I cited (Loving vs. Va) will be what this is based upon.

Three years ago, Mrs. Loving made a public statement as regards Marriage of all types:

Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about. (from Wikipedia)

This says it better then I ever could. I felt that a re-print of this letter might be intriguing to people, so I passed it along to “Edge of the City”.

Regards,

Jeff

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