Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover

Yes, I Do! campaign

Filed By Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | January 26, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics
Tags: eQualityGiving, marriage equality, members of congress, same-sex marriage

We have just begun our "Yes, I Do" campaign to get US House and Senate members to declare their support for marriage equality. We have started by researching current Members of Congress who support full marriage equality.

So far there are 27 Members of Congress representing 15 states. All of them are Democrats.

Check here to check the members of Congress of Congress who support same sex marriage.

You can help in this campaign!

If you know of a Member of Congress who supports marriage equality but is not listed, there is a way to notify us using the same page, so he or she can be added immediately.

If your Members of Congress have not issued public a statement supporting marriage equality, this is the time to contact them. These are new times; change is in the air. Let's make it happen.

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Here we go again with the push for gay marriage. While I understand that this is important, I believe the ways in which it is being privileged over things like HIV/AIDS and hate crimes legislation is wrong. It certainly does not consider the needs of the entire GLBT community. It privileges the desires of the rich white bourgeoisie elite. The homeless youth who is kicked out of her/his home for being gay or lesbian needs protection from exploitation not a marriage bill. Blacks have already stated that marriage is third on their list of important organizing goals and yet the white led movement continues to privilege marriage.

Does it not even occur to anyone that this sets up a social understanding of what it is to be gay. What happens if you don't want the white picket fence and the dogs? What happens if you don't want to be like heteros only slightly different? Yes love in all forms should be validated but I would rather not live with the worry that my friends will die one day, or loose their jobs just because some ass sees being gay or lesbian as deviant. We need to start to push for an understanding that all people are valuable no matter what sexual identity they have. We need to affirm life.