Friday, December 5, 2008

A Letter From A Loving Mother

My Child is Subhuman

From the day I found out I was pregnant she has been a ray of hope in my life.

She was a beautiful child . Helpful , very intelligent, giving, loving and kind.

She has grown in to a very competent woman . Civic minded, a productive member of the community.

I found out today she is not human. She does not deserve basic human rights according to this countries popular vote.

She cannot find legal or financial security in a partnership.

She, who has the ability to love a person for who they are, not because of their gender, but because she loves completely is not allowed to adopt a child if she chooses.

She is not allowed domestic partnership rights, health insurance, to hold the hand of her partner if they are dying in a hospital.

My beautiful girl who loves all is not allowed to love completely. She is not allow to celebrate her love publicly, legally or in the minds of most people evidently she cannot celebrate her love honestly.

She is your niece, cousin, friend, she is a human being in this country without human rights.

If you voted to not allow domestic partnerships in Florida, you also voted to not allow hetero partnerships too. There are a lot of folks who are widowed , who will lose their pension and other incomes of they get married again. So if they are lucky enough to find someone to spend the rest of their days with they will have to do so in poverty or with out human rights.

Evidently most people think this was a gay rights issue and it didn't have to do with them. It was a human rights issue that affects everyone. Your grandma or grandpa, your aunt, your uncle and eventually it will affect you.

If we are lucky enough to have another vote on domestic partnerships I hope you are able to think of the individuals concerned and not some ideology or perceived moral, ethical issue. It is about human rights, all humans...all citizen of this country deserve the blessing of liberty.

If you agree with this email please pass it along. If you do not, then I will hope you will eventually allow the gift of understanding and unconditional love enter your heart.

Think of my child and what an incredible person she is. Try to remember if she added something to your life and then think about what you are taking away from hers.

Elizabeth Sturino
Pandora's Box
2454 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL
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