Thursday, May 14, 2009

What Part of "Queens" Don't You Understand, Senator?

Gay Marriage Week continues here on B&E!

I was one of many who contacted his state senator to drum up support for the same sex marriage bill the New York Senate will be voting on soon. My state senator is Senator George Onorato, and this was his reply:
Thank you for your recent email expressing your support for same sex marriage. As you may be aware, although I have met with a number of marriage equality advocates in Albany as well as the district, I am not in support of the same sex marriage bill that has been proposed. Throughout my career in the Senate, I have supported many initiatives of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) and New York's hate crimes law. I am also in favor of the Dignity for All Students Act and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). In addition, I have secured fudning for groups in my district serving the LGBT community and providing assistance for people with HIV and AIDS. I sincerely respect your views, and I appreciate the time you took to express your opinion on this issue. Thank you agian for contacting me.
Not good enough, Senator Onorato.

You understand this is Queens, right? You're going to deny equality to the queens of Queens? Shame on you, Senator.

Those other things are fine, but they're off topic. I contacted you about same sex marriage, Senator, not SONDA or GENDA or any of your other activities that are friendly to the LGBT, etc. community.

And you never even say why it is you don't support the bill. Explain your position, for crying out loud, if it's your goddamned position. Don't change the subject as if to say, "But don't hate me; some of my best friends are gay!"

Let's say for a minute that will "agree to disagree" on this issue, Senator Onorato. What's with the typos in your reply? They're completely unacceptable. Since the missus got the same exact email from you, it's obviously an auto-reply. Proofread your correspondence, for crying out loud. Really? "Fudning"? "Agian"? Get it together, Senator!

Look, maybe some intern is taking care of this piddly shit for you. I really hope this isn't indicative of our borough's public education efforts.

You're on the wrong side of history, Senator. You're on the wrong side of equality. You're on the wrong side of spelling.

I expect better from a Democrat who represents a district, which leans so far to the left, we sometimes don't even have a Republican candidate on the ballot.

Maybe Queens needs a queen in the State Senate.

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At 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bald you rule! Got the same letter. Emailed him back that I won't vote for him and will support his opposition in re-election. -Dee


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