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If you're in Georgia . . .

If you're not a Georgia voter, you can ignore this (or tell someone who is a Georgia resident about it). If you are a Georgia voter, I hope you'll join me in voting against Amendment One on the November 2nd ballot.

Today, as reported by the AJC, the State Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision voted to allow the following proposed amendment to the Georgia Constitution.

This is the actual language on the Georgia ballot in November:

Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that this state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman?"

( ) YES

( ) NO

This is the full language of the amendment, as passed by the Georgia General Assembly:

Paragraph I. Recognition of marriage. (a) This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state. (b) No union between persons of the same sex shall be recognized by this state as entitled to the benefits of marriage. This state shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction. The courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to any such relationship or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties´ respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such relationship.

As you can see for yourself, what you see on the ballot isn't the full detail of what you're getting.

Even if you're someone who is against the recognition of gay unions, think of the children. Right now, hundreds of children across Georgia are in foster homes, waiting to be adopted. Studies show that gay Southerners value the family unit, and are even more likely to adopt than their peers across the nation. Even if, for whatever reason, you're against gay rights, you probably agree that children who are cared for in loving homes are more likely to become contributing members of society. Surely some of you will at least agree, even reluctantly, that a stable gay or lesbian home is far better for a youngster than the constant insecurity and vulnerability of the foster home shuffle. This amendment could be used to deny same-sex couples the opportunity to adopt.

Furthermore, this is completely redundant legislation, a clearly manipulative and divisive measure in an election year. Same-sex marriage is already against the law in Georgia, and it even outlaws all possible compromise proposals. Even if, for some reason, you'd rather see a child forced through foster care instead of being placed in a loving home, surely you can at least agree that it makes more sense to enforce existing law than to add to governmental bureaucracy.

Just speaking for myself, I wholly and completely support gay unions. I have so many friends in loving relationships who are just as committed and devoted to their partners as I am to my husband. They deserve the same rights and recognition under the law, and they deserve those rights now. Not ten years from now, not ten days from now, not ten minutes from now. Right now, at this very moment.

Please, do what you can to make those rights a reality. Vote NO to Amendment 1 on November 2nd in Georgia.

For more information:
Georgians Against Discrimination

Georgia is one of 11 states with a constitutional same-sex marriage ban on the Nov. 2 ballot. I'm doing what I can to make sure it's not one of eleven states that enacts such hurtful doctrine.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 27th, 2004 02:08 am (UTC)
Just FYI, even the GA league of women voters, a group that goes out of their way to NOT make a stand on any side of any issue, opposes this question. Not because they have a official stand on marriage of any kind, but because the question is misleading when compared to the actual amendment that is in the works.

The text of their opinion is on page 7 of this document-
Oct. 27th, 2004 03:24 am (UTC)
Thank you, Joan! Deeply appreciated. You know, I think my maternal grandmother was a member of the League of Women Voters. Are you in it?
Oct. 27th, 2004 05:17 am (UTC)
I'm not a member but I do read their election guides. Ever since I happened upon one in Athens I have been hooked. They cut right through the bullsh*t and list out the candidate and their answers to very specific questions about the current issues. I really don't want to watch the news or try to make sense of the anti-the-other-guy campaign ads. I just want to know how the different candidates feel about certain topics and the voter guide really helps cut through the fluff.
Oct. 27th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
I've already voted :)

I really wished I could put a few exclaimation marks after my NO vote.

The other amendment on the ballot, the one about jurisdiction of courts, is totally loony too, judging by the language on the ballot. What is this? The nineteenth century all over again, with the arguments about states' rights? Geez.
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)
Well done, Theano, for already voting! And yes, we seem to be in Loony Legislation Land here at the moment.

Exclamation points would be good, but there's always the risk that they'd count them as hanging chads, and we surely don't want to go through that again. :)
Oct. 27th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC)
love the icon! followed you over here from baaaaaaaaaabyanimals to tell you this.
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC)
Hey, that was really sweet of you! Thanks so much for making the effort, and you're totally welcome to snag the icon and use it, if you'd like. :)
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