Wednesday, February 15, 2012
What's Wrong With This Picture?
It may be hard to see, but let me make it easier for you.
This is a screen capture of the "contact us" page for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie -- the one who is all over the news about his intention to "swiftly veto" the marriage equality legislation coming his way from the New Jersey State Legislature.
I went there in response to my own advice for people of faith to step up and speak out ... like Episcopal Bishop Mark Beckwith did in this Star-Ledger piece with his Lutheran and Jewish colleagues ... and urge Governor Christie to stand on the right side of history -- not the Lester Maddox side of history -- on marriage equality.
But it's kind of hard to do that when the only "contact us" option is a drop down menu of issues that [a] does not include marriage equality in specific or anything LGBT related at ALL and [b] there is no "other" category to choose!
Seriously! Is this the 21st century or what???? In the entire State of New Jersey there is not enough interest, concern or investment in the issues that face LGBT citizens to "make the list" ... and we don't even rate falling into the "other matters" category because there isn't one????
Now, before the emails and comments start flooding in -- of course I don't think we're going to change Chris Christie's mind. But that doesn't mean we can't hold his feet to the fire about being a governor for the WHOLE State of New Jersey -- including its LGBT citizens. And whatever he ultimately does or doesn't do about marriage equality it's important to stand up and say WE ARE NOT INVISIBLE!!
So since there's not an email option ... I say we give him a call: 609-292-6000
Ready. Set. GO!