Friday, November 10, 2006

Jennifer Granholm and Jon Stryker: Together Forever by Akindele Akinyemi

Look who was on the cover of the gay magazine Between The Lines this week.

Jennifer Granholm.

I wonder why? Could it be something to deal with Jon Stryker, the homosexual billionaire from Kalamazoo who is pushing for homosexual education in the classrooms in Michigan?

This is what the paper said about the Democrats taking over Congress:

Open season on equal rights for gay people is now over --at least in Congress for the next two years.

On Tuesday, voters elected enough Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives to give Democrats control of that chamber. And, in doing so, they gave the House Speaker's gavel to San Francisco's U.S. representative, Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi -who has earned a perfect score on gay-related votes according to the Human Rights Campaign--will be in a position -for at least the next two years-- to stop anti-gay legislation from coming to the floor. Under Republican leadership, the House and Senate have entertained numerous anti-gay amendments and have passed some, including the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

"It is incredibly important that Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "She is a fair-minded, heroic leader for our community and always has been." Solmonese pointed out that, as Speaker, Pelosi "will control the agenda of this Congress."

"If there's one thing I know," said Solmonese, "it's that, under Nancy Pelosi, we will never again be debating the Federal Marriage Amendment or other mean-spirited attacks against our community in the House. For at least the next two years, those attacks are over."

Solmonese said he has been in conversation with openly gay U.S. representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and that he feels the gay community can now "begin having proactive conversations about moving our agenda forward" in Congress.

Control of the Senate was still in doubt at deadline Wednesday; however, in the two states where the outcome of Senate races was considered still "too close to call"--Virginia and Montana-- Democrats were holding the narrow lead over anti-gay Republican incumbents. At deadline Wednesday, the Billings Gazette newspaper in Montana was declaring Democratic Senate candidate Jon Tester victor of Republican incumbent Conrad Burns.

"And a whole lot of hatred is gone from the U.S. Senate today," said Solmonese. "It went out the door in the form of Rick Santorum."

Pennsylvania Republican Santorum, one of the Senate's most vehemently anti-gay senators, was resoundingly defeated Tuesday by Democrat Bob Casey Jr.

"Exit polls and early election returns showed that Casey was not just defeating Santorum, he was stomping him," reported the Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday.

"We are thrilled, ecstatic and overjoyed that Rick Santorum has been thrashed at the polls," said National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman. "His extreme and gratuitous homophobia will no longer pollute the Senate. Good riddance."

Casey has stated that he does not support gay marriage, but he has also stated his opposition to a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and said he supports giving gay couples "all the rights, privileges and protections of marriage" through civil unions or domestic partnerships.

Other victories Tuesday night included the defeat of two other Republican Senate incumbents with hostile records on votes involving gays: Ohio's Mike DeWine and Missouri's Jim Talent. Both are being replaced by Democrats who are seen as much more supportive of equal rights for gays. Ohio's DeWine lost to pro-gay Democrat Sherrod Brown. Missouri's Talent lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill. Brown had the endorsement and support of the Human Rights Campaign. McCaskill has said she believes marriage is between one man and one woman but she opposes a constitutional ban on marriage and has indicated she opposes sexual orientation discrimination. Montana's Burns, too, had a zero voting record of voting on gay-related legislation, according to HRC.

There was one loss, of sorts, for gay civil rights activists in the Senate. Pro-gay Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. Although the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Chafee, Whitehouse is considered a strong gay civil rights supporter who not only opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage but also supports equal rights for gay couples in marriage licensing.

Marriage was expected to play some role in voter turnout Tuesday. In eight states, anti-gay marriage initiatives were on the ballot. And, less than two weeks before voting, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that gay couples should have the same benefits as straight couples. Although the court stopped short of saying gay couples should have a right to "marriage" licenses, the ruling was used by President Bush and many Republicans to try and generate voter turnout for Republicans in many states. In North Carolina, the ruling was even used against a Democrat running for re-election to the state senate.

But before the vote could take place, other events intervened which made it difficult to gauge what was motivating voters Tuesday. Former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry triggered an outpouring of anger after he botched a joke that was meant to criticize President Bush but ended up sounding like an insult to the intelligence of American troops in Iraq. Many political observers suggested the anger at Kerry would spill over to Democrats generally. Then, days later, a news report broke that a male prostitute in Colorado had revealed that one of his clients was anti-gay evangelist Ted Haggard. The new played prominently up until the election and some political observers suggested it might demoralize right-wing evangelical voters enough to lower turnout on election day.

They also said this in this week's Between The Lines:

Congratulations Ferndale on passing that city's first human rights ordinance that includes LGBT people! Despite attacks and funding from right-wing groups outside the city, the Ferndale committee worked hard to pass this important measure, and their efforts paid off handsomely. This ordinance is another feather in Ferndale's cap, and further enhances the city's image as a hip, progressive, growing and dynamic community.

We breath a collective sigh of relief that Dick DeVos will not become Governor of Michigan. He is no friend of the LGBT community and under his leadership we would have not seen any progress on domestic partner benefits, second parent adoption rights, hate crimes legislation and certainly not on inclusion of LGBT people in the state's civil rights legislation. We know Gov. Granholm will support all of these measures. It is now up to us to call on her to champion them as well.

With control of the Michigan House and the Governor's office, the Democrats are now in a position to set more of the agenda. In her first term Gov. Granholm had to deal with a hostile Michigan legislature that drove her to use her veto power over 100 times. In her second term we look forward to progressive measures being introduced and passed, and then signed by Gov. Granholm. It will not be easy, and the conservatives that remain in the legislature will put up a spirited fight, but that only means we must work together, smartly, and in concert with our allies to build the coalitions we need to move our community forward to a safer place. We also need Gov. Granholm to speak up loudly and clearly for our rights and our lives, and we must keep the dialog going between her and the LGBT community.

This is coming from their mouths NOT ours. I tried to tell people that this man Jon Stryker got things in motion. He succeeded in taking the State House and trimmed the number of conservatives in the State Senate. Now BOTH him and Granholm are preparing to attack educational choice and disrupt our way of life by forcing homosexuality down our throats.




It's a shame that Black people got duped into voting for Granholm again. She is no friend of educational choice, urban communities and people who want to raise their families. When we will learn?

Last but not least remember this?

August 20, 2004 – Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has named Rudy Serra, an open homosexual to become a member of the 36th District Court in the state. Serra previously served on a school board, a county commission, and the Detroit Human Rights Commission. He is a lawyer, licensed social worker specializing in civil rights, criminal defense, and consumer litigation.

Thank God Ron Giles beat him. Be careful who you support. Do your homework.

Do you believe me now? Let's network and do this thing!!!!!!


7 comments:

Bill Garnett said...

In their amicus brief this year (Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning), The American Psychological Association, stated:

The State’s official discrimination against same-sex couples harms the children being raised by these parents. Empirical research studies have consistently found that lesbian and gay parents do not differ from heterosexuals in their parenting skills, and their children do not show any deficits compared to children raised by heterosexual parents. It is the quality of parenting that predicts children’s psychological and social adjustment, not the parents’ sexual orientation or gender. If their parents’ relationships are legally recognized, the children of same-sex couples will benefit from the legal stability and other familial benefits that this recognition offers, as well as from elimination of state-sponsored stigmatization of their families.

The Association has more than 155,000 members and affiliates, including the majority of psychologists holding doctoral degrees from accredited universities in this country. That’s 155,000 -- hr_conservative, just how many expert opinions do I need? And how many do you have supporting your position?

In the same case the National Association of Social Workers stated, as for the assumption that children are better off with heterosexual parents. There is no empirical basis for this proposition. To the contrary, all the social science research on same-sex parenting has reached the same, unequivocal conclusion: lesbian and gay couples raise children who are as healthy, happy and well-adjusted as those raised by heterosexual couples. Based on all the measures by which child development is analyzed, there is no meaningful distinction between children raised by same-sex couples and children raised by opposite-sex couples. Indeed, there are no scientifically valid social science studies establishing that children raised by an intact same-sex couple are any differently adjusted as compared with those raised by an intact opposite-sex couple.

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest social work association in the world, with 153,000 members and chapters in every state as well as internationally. That’s 153,000 -- hr_conservative, just how many expert opinions do I need? And how many do you have supporting your position?

You may be well intentioned but you are wrong. And how can you be following the path of Jesus Christ, when you continue to make statements that hurt people and which are patently false? Somehow you seem unable to see gay and lesbian people, gay and lesbian relationships, and the children of gay and lesbian couples with any compassion. And you seem stubbornly dug into a position that crusades to forever prevent these Virginia citizens from the full citizenship rights you take for granted and to relegate them to second class citizenship. And you do this in the name of a Christian God? You seem to have missed the message of love that Jesus brought.

akindele akinyemi said...

Jesus Christ never supported homosexuality. Nor did Paul or anyone in scripture.

So do not bring Jesus into the picture. I support healthy marriages between man and woman. Especially in the Black community.

Bill Garnett said...

Everyone supports healthy marriages. What do you support in the homosexual community, that is the question. Do you support promiscuity? Do you support lonely lives without the sense of family and mutually caring that you realize in committed marriage? Do you support an ignorant bias towards a minority?

I am white and gay and I marched with Martin Luther Ling for black rights – how insensitive you are to rights of others.

And Jesus Christ said not a word about homosexuality – but he said volumes about love, caring, and non-judgmental behavior. The Bible was written in a time and context. How can you use your God give common sense and not read God’s word in context with your reason?

Anonymous said...

Everyone supports healthy marriages. What do you support in the homosexual community, that is the question.

I support the notion that the LGBT is fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. That is real important.


Do you support promiscuity? Do you support lonely lives without the sense of family and mutually caring that you realize in committed marriage? Do you support an ignorant bias towards a minority?



I am white and gay and I marched with Martin Luther Ling for black rights – how insensitive you are to rights of others.

What does that mean? You never followed MLK's example of being married or involved with a woman.

And Jesus Christ said not a word about homosexuality – but he said volumes about love, caring, and non-judgmental behavior. The Bible was written in a time and context. How can you use your God give common sense and not read God’s word in context with your reason?

Do you want me to accept your lifestyle? No.

There is too much chaos in my community. Marriages between men and woman are dwindling while young Black women and Men are practicing this gay and lesbian lifestyle. There is no balance in my community and yet you want me to accept this lifestyle?

can't do it. And for the record I don't even hate gay and lesbian people because some of my friends are into that.

Bill Garnett said...

Thank you for you reply. I am always suspect though of those who post anonymously, particularly those who argue against equal treatment of a minority. As you may recall that was how the KKK operated in the South.

Gays and lesbians are not threatening heterosexual marriage. Promiscuity, divorce, unwed mothers, single family homes, rape, lack of sex education – these are some of the things threatening marriage, and you are making a diversion from the real causes by a campaign against homosexual marriage.

Ironic that some loving caring committed individuals in your midst want to cherish and celebrate marriage, even if they are gay, yet you insist on fighting against their wish to be treated equal and to have the rights you take for granted. And in doing so you are taking the focus away from the real problems in your community. Love and caring and commitment are NOT the problem, rather they are the solution.

I take you at your word that you don’t hate gays and lesbians – but crusading against their desire to form the same type of relationships that you say are what the black community lacks, is a questionable logic – and a suspicious one at that.

Usually those secure in their own masculinity, their own sexuality, are not threatened by gay marriage.

There was a time when society misunderstood people who were left-handed, and these people were discriminated against. There was a time when society misunderstood people who had dark pigmented skin, and these people were discriminated against. And in 2006 society misunderstands God given sexual orientation, and these people are discriminated against. Discrimination is wrong – period.

akindele akinyemi said...

Gays and lesbians are not threatening heterosexual marriage. Promiscuity, divorce, unwed mothers, single family homes, rape, lack of sex education – these are some of the things threatening marriage, and you are making a diversion from the real causes by a campaign against homosexual marriage.

With all that you said about what is threatening marriage is true. So is homosexuality.

How many Black men that I know personally that are on the Down Low in our community. In fact, one guy I know brought home HIV to his wife after being married 15 years and infected her. What the hell?

In fact, what the hell are we living a DOUBLE Life to begin with?



Ironic that some loving caring committed individuals in your midst want to cherish and celebrate marriage, even if they are gay, yet you insist on fighting against their wish to be treated equal and to have the rights you take for granted.

You have rights. You have the right to be married to a woman. You have the right to have children with a woman. And vice versa.

And in doing so you are taking the focus away from the real problems in your community. Love and caring and commitment are NOT the problem, rather they are the solution.

I love women. Black women to be exact. There is NOTHING a man can do for me like a woman.


I take you at your word that you don’t hate gays and lesbians – but crusading against their desire to form the same type of relationships that you say are what the black community lacks, is a questionable logic – and a suspicious one at that.

There is nothing suspicois about what I said.

Young people in our community are practicing a gay lifestyle OUT OF REBELLION because of broken homes. Some are on the streets HIV positive.

Some (especially women) become gay because of experiementation through pornography.

Some were turned out in prison.

Some have so much low self esteem that they turn to each other instead of finding Jesus Christ and a support group that will help them find a balanced relationship with the opposite sex.

Here is the other reason why I don't follow or accept or urge people to practice such a sinnister lifestyle.

Man and woman creates balance on the Earth and in the Universe. Animals are in tune with nature. I have never seen female lions humping one another nor male gorillas doing the damn thing to each other. Humans are the only intelligent beings that want to be out of balance with God's nature.

So regardless of how you spin homosexuality it is not natural, it;s not nature and it's not God. And it's a contributing factor to destroying homes in the Black community.

Usually those secure in their own masculinity, their own sexuality, are not threatened by gay marriage.

There was a time when society misunderstood people who were left-handed, and these people were discriminated against. There was a time when society misunderstood people who had dark pigmented skin, and these people were discriminated against. And in 2006 society misunderstands God given sexual orientation, and these people are discriminated against. Discrimination is wrong – period.

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