Equal Rights for everyone

This is very powerful. It is sad that it needs to be said.

From DK:

Good morning, Committee. My name is Phillip Spooner and I live at 5 Graham Street in Biddeford. I am 86 years old and a lifetime Republican and an active VFW chaplain. I still serve three hospitals and two nursing homes and I also serve Meals on Wheels for 28 years. My wife of 54 years, Jenny, died in 1997. Together we had four children, including the one gay son. All four of our boys were in the service. I was born on a potato farm north of Caribou and Perham, where I was raised to believe that all men are created equal and I’ve never forgotten that. I served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1945, in the First Army, as a medic and an ambulance driver. I worked with every outfit over there, including Patton’s Third Army. I saw action in all five major battles in Europe, and including the Battle of the Bulge. My unit was awarded Presidential Citations for transporting more patients with fewer accidents than any other [inaudible] I was in the liberation of Paris. After the war I carried POW’s back from Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, and also hauled hundreds of injured Germans back to Germany.

I am here today because of a conversation I had last June when I was voting. A woman at my polling place asked me, “Do you believe in equal, equality for gay and lesbian people?” I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that. It made no sense to me. Finally I asked her, “What do you think our boys fought for at Omaha Beach?” I haven’t seen much, so much blood and guts, so much suffering, much sacrifice. For what? For freedom and equality. These are the values that give America a great nation, one worth dying for.

I give talks to eighth grade teachers about World War II, and I don’t tell them about the horror. Maybe [inaudible] ovens of Buchenwald and Dachau. I’ve seen with my own eyes the consequences of caste systems and it make some people less than others, or second class. Never again. We must have equal rights for everyone. It’s what this country was started for. It takes all kinds of people to make a world war. It does make no sense that some people who love each other can marry and others can’t just because of who they are. This is what we fought for in World War II. That idea that we can be different and still be equal.

My wife and I did not raise four sons with the idea that three of them would have a certain set of rights, but our gay child would be left out. We raised them all to be hard-working, proud, and loyal Americans and they all did good. I think it’s too bad [inaudible] want to get married, they should be able to. Everybody’s supposed to be equal in equality in this country. Let gay people have the right to marry. Thank you.

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  1. Every chicken-hawk right-winger from Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity down to the lowest Congressperson should be forced to respond to this.

  2. Nonsense.

    We restrict marriage in all kinds of ways.

    A mother can’t marry her son, nor a father his daughter.

    Siblings can’t marry.

    Two men cant marry three women.

    To say that marriage is a ‘civil right’ and cant be restricted is simply incorrect.

  3. Thanks for posting this. It gave me goose bumps. God bless this man and his family. I want to hug him and thank him for his sacrifice.

  4. Joe — I’ve truly enjoyed some of your commentary over the last several days. I think you brought up some thought-provoking questions and issues. On the other hand, I think you’re off base on this one. If you want to argue for polygamy, okay make the argument that there were legitimate reasons that a mother cannot marry her son. It is more than just social norms. There is actually medical literature to back up this social taboo.

    If you’d like to say that the state has a right to restrict marriage, then yes I would agree. Therefore, the state has the right to unrestricted marriage between a man and a man and a woman and a woman. I think if your religion restricts marriage and don’t invite lesbians and homosexuals to your church service. Don’t marry them in your church. I can think of no valid reason why gays and lesbians should marry in the eyes of the state.

    Thanks for your comments.

  5. Melissa — thanks for your comments. This man goes against the stereotype. He was supposed to be a stick in the mud reactionary (Dick Cheney) but instead, he recognized her his own family experience that there is no reason for us to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Let them marry!

  6. No, actually I would argue against polygamy.

    Not sure if Obama or <a href=http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=114883>his advisors</a> would do the same though.

  7. You missed my point. Or maybe I just didn’t make it well enough.

    Thanks for your comments

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