May 5th, 2005

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Senfronia Thompson Rocks My World!

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Here is one Texas legislator who tells it like it is, Representative Senfronia Thompson. Read her words opposing a Texas constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

"HJR 6 Speech by Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston)

I have been a member of this august body for three decades, and today
is one of the all-time low points. We are going in the wrong direction,
in the direction of hate and fear and discrimination. Members, we all
know what this is about; this is the politics of divisiveness at its
worst, a wedge issue that is meant to divide.

Members, this issue is a distraction from the real things we need to be
working on. At the end of this session, this Legislature, this
Leadership will not be able to deliver the people of Texas, fundamental
and fair answers to the pressing issues of our day.

Let's look at what this amendment does not do: It does not give one
Texas citizen meaningful tax relief. It does not reform or fully fund
our education system. It does not restore one child to CHIP, who was
cut from health insurance last session. It does not put one dime into
raising Texas' Third World access to health care. It does not do one
thing to care for or protect one elderly person or one child in this
state. In fact, it does not even do anything to protect one marriage.

Members, this bill is about hate and fear and discrimination. I know
something about hate and fear and discrimination. When I was a small
girl, white folks used to talk about "protecting the institution of
marriage" as well. What they meant was if people of my color tried to
marry people of Mr. Chisum's color, you'd often find the people of my
color hanging from a tree. That's what the white folks did back then to
"protect marriage." Fifty years ago, white folks thought inter-racial
marriages were a "threat to the institution of marriage."

Members, I'm a Christian and a proud Christian. I read the good book,
and do my best to live by it. I have never read the verse where it
says, "gay people can't marry." I have never read the verse where it says,
"thou shalt discriminate against those not like me." I have never read the
verse where it says, "let's base our public policy on hate and fear and
discrimination." Christianity to me is love and hope and faith and
forgiveness-- not hate and discrimination.


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