My follow up letter to the editor 9-4-07
I wrote another letter to the editor because Assemblyman Doherty outright lied in response to mine. Stirring up these right wing loonies seems to be becoming a hobby of mine.
Misleading Doherty should be voted out
Regarding New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Doherty's Aug. 20 letter: He misleads the reader into thinking he supports rights that he voted against. He is opposed to every legal gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender right that came across his desk for a vote.
In January 2006 Doherty and six other extremists voted against S2083/A3429 that sought to enhance the domestic partnership law to allow the right of surviving same-sex partners to make funeral arrangements. Anyone can check this. It is public record.
Doherty voted against the weak domestic partnership laws and the enhancements that preceded civil unions. These are examples of how he wants no next of kin status for any couple he deems unworthy.
Would someone give Doherty a lesson in civil rights? This nation does not make decisions of equal rights under our civil laws by popular vote. This is a nation where everyone is supposed to be equal.
The very suggestion of voting on the validity of another's family is prejudice this state should flatly reject. We are not criminals; we are people who love and are committed to one another.
I imagine Doherty as the modern version of segregationists who wanted to vote on racial minority rights.
Would the Michael Dohertys of the world settle for a flimsy piece of legal paper (power of attorney) that legal next of kin can override in courts to protect their loved ones? Do not ask us to settle for less than you would to protect your family.
Please stop voting for these kinds of politicians.
We deserve better.