Friday, December 19, 2008

My message

This is the message I just sent to the Obama transition team, here:

"I am writing to express my deep disappointment with the decision to invite Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the Inauguration.

Throughout the presidential campaign, President-elect Obama inspired me more than any candidate ever has before. So much so that I donated to his campaign twice, something which I have never done for any other political candidate.

As a heterosexual woman in a "traditional" marriage, and as someone who holds strong and sincere beliefs that homosexuals are entitled to the same legal rights and relationships that I am entitled to, it breaks my heart that President-elect Obama has chosen such a closed-minded and bigoted individual to participate in something so important. Unfortunately, it sends a painfully clear message to non-heterosexual Americans that the next president of this country regards their rights and feelings as less important than symbolic "reaching across the aisle" political moves.

It is not too late to rescind this invitation, and I hope and pray that President-elect Obama and his team make the decision to do so before irreparable harm is done."

I doubt it will do much good, but I can't say *nothing*. Our officials are elected to represent us. They cannot do so if we don't make it clear how exactly we want to be represented.


Cait said...

I wrote a similar message to the Obama team. It appears to be a major topic on their site, so maybe it will make a difference. If not, it gives me hope to know that you spoke out for the civil rights of all. Thank you.

Trina said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one (not that I thought I was)! Considering that the incoming administration is at least claiming that they are taking our input, I couldn't just yell about it online (though I did that too) without at least making the attempt.