Saturday, February 24, 2007

Another Reason I Haven't Completely Given Up on U.S. Politicians

Via Pandagon, Rep. Dan Zwonitzer (R-WY) on why he stood against a bill "that would have allowed Wyoming to ban recognition of legal same-sex unions"
Under a democracy the civil rights struggle continues today, where we have one segment of our society trying to restrict rights and privelges from another segment of our society. My parents raised me to know that this is wrong.

It is wrong for one segment of society to restrict rights and freedoms from another segment of society. I believe many of you have had this conversation with your children.
And children have listened, my generation, the twenty-somethings, and those younger than I understand this message of tolerance. And in 20 years, when they take the reigns of this government and all governments, society will see this issue overturned, and people will wonder why it took so long.

My kids and grandkids will ask me, why did it take so long? And I can say, hey, I was there, I discussed these issues, and I stood up for basic rights for all people...

...testifying against this bill may cost me my seat...I understand that I may very well lose my election... But I tell myself that there are some issues that are greater than me, and I believe this is one of them. And if standing up for equal rights costs me my seat so be it. I will let history be my judge, and I can go back to my constituents and say I stood up for basic rights. I will tell my children that when this debate went on, I stood up for basic rights for people.
"There are some issues that are greater than me."

Can someone brief the president on that?

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