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 Topic: Puerto Rico governor is dumb about gay marriage...

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Robert Mc  



Joined: 15 Jan 2004
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Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 31 Aug 2005, 5:35 pm    Post subject: Puerto Rico governor is dumb about gay marriage... Reply with quote

The primary reason for the Governor of Puerto Rico's stance on gay marriage is that he is dumb!

As a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party in Puerto Rico, I was always told by my friends, who are members of the pro-status-quo Popular Democratic Party, that I should switch to the PDP. Many members in the island's gay community are under the impression that the NPP leadership is anti-gay and the PDP's is pro-gay -- or at least neutral on gay issues. In the New Progressive Party there are several well known homophobes. I do not need to mention their names. We know who they are and won't ever vote for them. In contrast, Governor Sila Calderón had several gay and lesbian people in her government. She was respected as not being a bigot. Frequently, when I saw a meeting of the Popular Democratic Party on television news, I could spot some gay activists sitting in the meeting as members of the PDP.

In The San Juan Star, August 31, 2005, page 64, William J. Luckeroth has a Readers' Viewpoint: "Governor's gay marriage stance hypocritical and worse." Luckeroth reports that "when a reporter asked the governor if he was opposed to gay marriage, he responded: 'Yes, I always have been' (STAR, Aug. 26)."

The key appeal of the New Progressive Party has always been that Puerto Rico should relate closely to the United States of America. We are told by the NPP that though our culture is rooted in the Spanish culture, we are very American and should become a state. In contrast, the Popular Democratic Party's appeal to obtain Puerto Rican voter support for the status quo commonwealth status is that Puerto Rico comes from a rich Spanish culture and we should not become a state because statehood would destroy our Spanish culture. This is the reason why the Popular Democratic Party discourages the teaching of English in the island's public school. The PDP wanted to make Spanish the official language of Puerto Rico to protect the Spanish culture. The PDP likes to think it has a stronger cultural connection with Spain than with the United States.

William J. Luckeroth believes the governor stance on gay marriage to be hypocritical. I believe Acevedo's stance is based on nothing more than pure stupidity. Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá has this anti-gay stance because he is dumb! When he was the Resident Commissioner in the Sila Calderón Administration, he always impressed me as not being too smart. Maybe, I am prejudice, but to me, he looks dumb, talks dumb and acts dumb. Therefore, he must be dumb!

Consider his outrageously dumb behavior since becoming governor when he vetoed important bills supported by his own PDP members in the Puerto Rico Legislature. His attacks on the limited incomes of the Puerto Rico middle and poorer classes is another example of his dumbness. Everything he does is dumb!

If he is so pro-Spanish culture, why doesn't he have the brains or the intellectual insights of the current Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriquez Zapatero? The closest idenification that Acevedo has with a Spanish government is the passé dictator Franco. To refresh the Spanish culture flowing in his viens Governor Acevedo should connect with newer Spanish blood. For example, Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vila should read the following about gay marriages from a new blood Spaniard..

The Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero recently made
the following speech after the passage of the Spanish same sex marriage
bill:

"We are not legislating, honorable members, for people far away and not
known by us. We are enlarging the opportunity for happiness to our neighbors,
our co-workers, our friends and, our families: at the same time we are
making a more decent society, because a decent society is one that does not
humiliate its members. . .

"Today, the Spanish society answers to a group of people who, during
many years have been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, whose
dignity has been offended, their identity denied, and their liberty oppressed.
Today the Spanish society grants them the respect they deserve, recognizes
their rights, restores their dignity, affirms their identity, and restores their
liberty.

"It is true that they are only a minority, but their triumph is everyone's
triumph. It is also the triumph of those who oppose this law, even
though they do not know this yet: because it is the triumph of liberty. Their
victory makes all of us (even those who oppose the law) better people, it
makes our society better. Honorable members, there is no damage to
marriage or to the concept of family in allowing two people of the same sex to get
married. To the contrary, what happens is this class of Spanish citizens get the
potential to organize their lives with the rights and privileges of marriage and
family. There is no danger to the institution of marriage, but precisely the
opposite: this law enhances and respects marriage.

"Today, conscious that some people and institutions are in a profound
disagreement with this change in our civil law, I wish to express that,
like other reforms to the marriage code that preceded this one, this law will
generate no evil, that its only consequence will be the avoiding of senseless
suffering of decent human beings. A society that avoids senseless suffering of
decent human beings is a better society.

"With the approval of this bill, our country takes another step in the
path of liberty and tolerance that was begun by the democratic change of
government. Our children will look at us incredulously if we tell them that many
years ago, our mothers had less rights than our fathers, or if we tell them
that people had to stay married against their will even though they were
unable to share their lives. Today we can offer them a beautiful lesson: every
right gained, each access to liberty has been the result of the struggle and
sacrifice of many people that deserve our recognition and praise."

[End of Quote]
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A couple young gay male friends, who are American citizens and fluent in Spanish, moved to Spain to be married and to live there. They had excellent professional careers in Puerto Rico. However, they wanted to enjoy their lives in a society that did not humiliate them as "Children of God" because of their sexual orientation. It is a shame that Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá is too dumb to have this enlightened Spanish insight about these "Children of God" in his Franco Spanish Puerto Rico! Or is it the Spanish Culture of the Inquisition?
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Robert Mc  



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Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 1 Sep 2005, 5:58 pm    Post subject: Puerto Rico governor's latest gay-unfriendly decisions... Reply with quote

Puerto Rico's Dumb-Dumb Governor will not offer health benefits to homosexual couples...

I still insist that the Governor of Puerto Rico Aníbal Acevedo Vilá is not an intellectual giant. Boy! Can he be a dumb-dumb! Puerto Rico's governor should take a course in what sexual orientation discrimination actual means at the University of Puerto Rico. The UPR has become the first public institution to adopt a non-discrimination policy regarding sexual orientation.

In contrast, Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá said Thursday that his administration is not planning to establish a public policy to provide medical plans benefits for same-sex couples, as the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is evaluating. Earlier in the week, he told a reporter for one of the San Juan, Puerto Rico, newspapers that he has always been opposed to gay marriage. Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá has been showing his true colors to be anti-gay. Is it time for gay voters to educate our gay-unfriendly and dumb-dumb governor about gay human rights?

One day the Puerto Rican gay community receives good news from the highly intelligent Academic Senate of the University of Puerto Rico and the next day Puerto Rico's dumb-dumb governor kicks the gay voters in the teeth with his decision to do the opposite of UPR.

(Please read both article below... first the bad news and then the good news.)
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Governor will not offer health benefits to homosexual couples

FAJARDO (EFE) – Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá said Thursday that his administration is not planning to establish a public policy to provide medical plans benefits for same-sex couples, as the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is evaluating.

The governor assured that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited in his government, however, from that to granting the same medical plan privileges that heterosexual couples have to homosexuals is a stretch.

"Sexual preference discrimination is prohibited, and I have always said that. Another thing is the change public policy for benefits, but discrimination is prohibited,” he emphasized in a press conference.

When Acevedo Vilá was asked if his administration is considering extending the measures of the university, which prohibits sexual preference discrimination and intends to guarantee equal health benefits to same-sex couples, he responded that “it has not been presented".

"I don’t know the reach of the measure that the UPR Trustee Board is working on, but at the level of the Executive Branch, which fundamentally is the branch of reforms of the government for the private plans of government employees, there is nothing like that proponed at this moment," he said.

The UPR Trustee Board approved in February a certification titled "Public policy against discrimination" that includes sexual orientation discrimination as one of the attitudes prohibited in the university.

The Río Piedras Campus Academic Senate requested that the board approve a policy that guarantees equal health benefits to heterosexual and homosexual partners of their employees.

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Serrano applauds UPR move in favor of gays
By PRWOW News

Human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano on Wednesday said the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) has taken a crucial step towards equality for same-sex couples and urged the university’s Board of Trustees to accept the proposal of the Academic Senate to extend healthcare benefits to the partners of homosexual and lesbian employees.

“In a historic precedent, the UPR has become the first public institution to adopt a no-discrimination policy regarding sexual orientation. It is now up to the Board of Trustees to validate this policy with actions that promote justice and equality for gay and lesbian employees of the public university system,” Serrano said in a prepared statement.

The community leader also urged the private sector to emulate the UPR’s example.

“We urge private employers of the island to join the more than 8,000 companies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who already provide benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian employees. We also urge these employees to ask for such benefits,” said Serrano, who added that this action would not only be an act of justice, but a statement against all types of prejudice and discrimination.

Serrano also used the opportunity to thank the UPR Academic Senate Committee chaired by professor Jorge Colon for its contribution in this matter.
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Robert Mc  



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Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 2 Sep 2005, 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the complete letter from Arthur J. Luckeroth which got me writing my own letters and posting comments about Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá of Puerto Rico's non-support of gay marriage and other issues of importance to his gay constituents. Luckeroth has submitted outstanding letters to the STAR on important gay issues. -- Robert McCarroll:

Readers' Viewpoint Letter
The San Juan Star
August 31, '05 - Page 64

Recently, when a reporter asked the Governor if he was opposed to gay
marriage, he responded: "Yes, I always have been." (Star, Aug.
26th)

Marriage, including same-sex marriage, at its best connotes a loving
relationship. When the Governor or anyone else discriminates against
gay citizens, they are unjustly stereotyping them as being inferior
and/or deviant.

This is cruel and contradicts his pledge to improve the mental health
of all Puerto Ricans. In 2005 the American Psychiatric Association
(APA) adopted the following: "The APA supports the legal recognition
of same sex civil marriage. Heterosexual relationships have a legal
framework for their existence through civil marriage. Same sex
couples therefore experience several kinds of state-sanctioned
discrimination that can adversely affect the stability of their
relationships and mental health." The APA's press release said that
condoning this discrimination would collide with the ethics of their
profession. The American Psychological Association adopted a
similar measure in 2004.

The DOMA (31 L.P.R.A. § 221) is a grave, arbitrary interference with
the rights of gay men and women to self-autonomy in the most intimate
aspects of their private lives.
In Europe, the EU Charter of Rights adopted by its 25 members in 2000
protects against discrimination, including sexual orientation.
Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium legally recognize same-sex
marriage. Canada and the State of Massachusetts do too. Nine
additional nations and two states have legislated equal rights for
gay couples by sanctioning civil unions. Soon everyone in Europe
will have equal rights.

The Governor's prejudice, a willful credulity based on subjective
emotions rather than objective evidence, damages his credibility.
Freedom loving people want a secular government based on separation
of church and state where no religion is allowed to impose its belief
on others. The religious extremists' agenda is broader than denying
the uplifting and ennobling contract called marriage to gay
citizens. They are meddlesome people who want to substitute reason
with blind faith, corrupt science, and deny you the personal freedom
to make essential choices. Gay citizens are members of families,
contribute to society, and enjoy stable relationships and family
life. Denying them equal rights is irrational and un-American.

The Governor should promote self-esteem, love, and a comprehensive
and consistent view of human existence. What's next? Will he
mix "intelligent design" with science in the classroom? Will he
prohibit stem cell research? Will he eliminate women's rights?
Apparently, the Governor has joined President Bush's anachronistic
scheme to deny gay citizens the legal rights that he purportedly
wants Iraqi women to enjoy: Equality in marriage, divorce, adoption,
inheritance, child custody, benefits, education and employment
opportunities, etc.

The President and the Governor should both promote self-esteem, love,
respect and a comprehensive view of human existence that excludes no
one. Their position on gay marriage is void of integrity,
rationality, honesty, and justice. It is shameful, encourages hate,
and has no authentic spiritual value.

William J. Luckeroth
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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