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Monday, December 7, 2009

"If you had a child who was gay, would you deny him or her of following their heart?" -- Letter to a state senator

Friends and comrades,

Communist Party USA member Gabe Falsetta sent the letter below to State Sen. Joe Addabbo, a Democrat who voted the wrong way when the State Senate made the reprehensible mistake of killing a bill that would have allowed gay marriage.

Dear Senator Addabbo,

I’m writing to you today to express my deep disappointment in you vote against the gay marriage bill.

Let me say from the outset that I helped in your election campaign for the 15th senate district. I did so with enthusiasm in hope of flipping the State Senate to the Democrats. After more than forty years it happened! I’m proud that I was a part of the movement.

On Friday the 4th of December, I listened to your interview on the Brian Lehrer Show, I listened carefully to your answers to Brian’s questions, In all honesty, I was unconvinced of your reasoning. I believe Diane Savino hit the nail on the head!

True, you represent your constituents (had I known you did not commit to a yes vote, I would have contacted you) but, you should also be a catalyst for higher understanding of these issues, and make no mistake this a civil rights issue, and should be judged on the basis of separation of church and state. And I dare say, it is just a matter of time; the right of human beings to choose their partners in this society will come to pass.

Lastly Joe, I would want to know if you had a child who was gay, would you deny him or her of following their heart?


Gabriel Falsetta


Adam said...

Perhaps one day marriage will succumb to the logic of nature so to thin the mist between Gays and Straights, so that both bourgeoisie knots and holy bonds are forever more undone.

Thank you for the article
- Yours truly an Iraqi Communist in exile

Thomas said...

I remind you that the CPUSA was not pro-homosexuality until the 80s (thus, most of your history). Did you hate gay children then?

Secondly, you are increasingly showing your New Left true colours. You support neoliberal Democrats and some of their programmes even when they are clearly corporatist boondoggles, but you come down hardest on social conservatives first and foremost.

So, what are you for? Socialism? Or liberalism?

Or does ideology matter? Perhaps you are just that wing of the Democratic Party which thinks Stalin was kind of okay.