Here's one of the ads against Proposition 8 that I just discovered in my earthlink account, which I haven't looked at in a long time.
My old pal Tracy sent it to me. It features happy couples and families from Los Angeles's Beth Chaim Chadashim, the nation's oldest and largest GLBT synagogue.
BCC's Rabbi, Lisa Edwards (she in the embroidered kepot), and Rebbetzin, Tracy Moore, (shown together on the second frame of the video) are old friends from Iowa. Tracy and Lisa had their first date as a couple when they came to our house in Mt. Vernon for supper. This was long before Lisa ever expressed an interest in studying for the rabbinate.
Tracy is one of the angels of my life. She took me aside the first time we met and said, "When are you going to deal with your deafness? Are you just going to sit there and let life go on around you?" I thought, "What does SHE know about 'dealing with deafness'?" I was pretty pissed off, but I had to laugh. She has never been one for mincing words.
Her next comment was, "Let's organize a sign class for you and your kids and friends." And so she did. She said, "I know just the person to teach it, too. She's a grad student at U of I, and she's deaf."
And so Jane Kelliher entered my life and changed it completely by teaching me how to communicate by signing. It was Jane's example that eventually led me to Gally.
Proposition 8 passed, to our abiding shame, but this will not be the end of marriage for those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual. Whatever is the MATTER with people that they think "God" gives a hoot about their "religion" or their twisted attitudes toward their brothers and sisters in humanity?