Via Shakesville, Reason # 3582668 for Why I Won’t Vote For John McCain.
From a man who cheated on and later divorced the wife who waited through the many years he was a prisoner of war. The mother of the two sons he adopted and the daughter they had together:
Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. “I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don’t believe in gay adoption,” he said. [New York Times]
Proven? Who’s “proven” this? As a single, straight mom, I call bullshit.
Are gay parents somehow less equipped to give a child a loving home? Are straight parents somehow more equipped?
Pretend a loved one has been kidnapped in Iraq. Feel the terror, the pain, the dread.
Now, pretend that while this is happening, during this period of unspeakable fear, you are not allowed to speak, you are not allowed to add your voice to those calling for the release of that person. You are not allowed to be seen on camera or identified. Your existence cannot even be acknowledged by your loved one's family, friends, and collegues. Imagine that a collegue of your loved one is found, shot to death by the same captors who hold your loved one prisoner.
What mental anguish do you suffer? What nightmares keep you from sleeping? What horrors fill your mind?
Dan Hunt doesn't have to imagine it, doesn't have to pretend. He knows first-hand the helpless feeling of being unable to do or say anything for fear of causing the immediate death of his loved one.
Dan Hunt is the partner of Christian Peacemaker James Loney.
While Loney was being held captive in Iraq with other members of his team, Dan Hunt was forced to stay silent and invisible out of well-founded fears that James' Iraqi captors would discover he was gay and execute him.
From the Associated Press:
During his four months of captivity, James Loney’s sexuality was kept out of the media at the request of his family, said Doug Pritchard, co-director of the aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams.
“It’s a sad fact that around the world gays and lesbians are more vulnerable to attack than straights,” Pritchard said. “When Jim was already in a vulnerable position we didn’t, nor did his family, want him exposed to further danger.
Anyway, here’s the quote:
On Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, in Annapolis at a hearing on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of law at AU, was requested to testify.
At the end of his testimony, Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs said: ‘Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?’
Raskin replied: ‘Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.’
The room erupted into applause.
And people around the country say, ‘Amen.’