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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

PFLAG Tri-Cities Meets Thursday

If you are near our mountain, consider attending our PFLAG Tri-Cities meeting.

Our April meeting will be Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m. at ETSU in Johnson City. #315 Warf-Pickel.

We will take time to remember Lee Davenport.

If you have something you would like to say or read, please do.

Did you know that PFLAG Tri-Cities is a year old?

I am so appreciative of this group and of what we have done. We are making a difference here.

This was in the Johnson City Press on the editorial page. It was from the NY Times, but the JC Press included it under its own banner, "As We See It."

Vermont Legislature First to Give True Equality

A lot has happened since 2000, the year Vermont led the country in becoming the first state to adopt civil unions for same sex couples. Among other things, Vermont came to see that civil unions are an inadequate substitute for marriage. Creating a separate legal structure to confer some benefits on gay couples falls short of granting true equality.

On Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature formally recognized that reality. Mustering one more vote than the two thirds majority needed, Vermont lawmakers overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill that grants couples of the same sex the freedom to marry.

The vote gave Vermont another important first. Although three other states — Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa — now allow same-sex marriage, the new Vermont law, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, made Vermont the only state to achieve that progress through legislative action rather than a court ruling.

Coming less than a week after the crucial ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that extended same-sex marriage to a state in the nation’s heartland, and with bills to follow suit under consideration in several other state capitals, the welcome move by the Vermont Legislature adds a vital sense of momentum and democratic duty to this civil rights struggle.
Hearts and minds are changing, in Vermont and in East Tennessee! We are part of that change. Thank you!

See you Thursday!


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