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Okay, I lied--

Wow...that was totally, completely unexpected. In this state of Texas, totally shocking.

The public hearing was yesterday, they started early and ended late--I got there at 2:00, and someone was still sending kids in from the clubs at 11:40 when me, Butterfly, and Myskera left in a state of profound exhaustion.

I spent about eight hours handing out yellow sheets of paper, Witness Forms, the quick method of stating your opinion. This morning I almost fell out of bed when I dreamed someone asked me for a witness card, and I went to get one. I probably wasn't dressed to run into the hearing room, not at 7:00 in the morning!

I don't think the gay rights lobby I've been working with would ever DREAM of the hearing going like it did. Once the "experts" were out of the way at the beginning, and the hearing was open to the public--well, two or three hundred people lined up to speak. *ONE* of them spoke in favor of the amendment/against gay marriage. He was a paid lawyer "expert."

"Guys, the only person on your side, you're paying by the hour."

I think that 99.66% of the crowd is a nice, strong majority :)


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Apr. 5th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
*nodnod* Now if the gubmint would just give up on wasting my tax dollars criminalizing one of my favorite demographics, we'd all just get along. For heaven's sakes, one of the lawyer guy's arguments was that gay marriage would hinder the economy. *PLEASE...* The only time I spend more money than I do now is when I have someone else to spend it on :)
Apr. 5th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
Hinder the economy? The hell?

"Them dang homos get married, they'll be too busy fuckin' ter spend money"?

I should stop trying to use my earth logic, shouldn't I?
Apr. 5th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
Not that far from the bill author's accent.

"It's not discrimination, we're not legislating against a group of people, I just don't want gays thinking they're married."

Apr. 5th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
When do we find out how it actually turns out?
Apr. 5th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
Blah, probably next week sometime?
Apr. 5th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
*throws small envelope of confetti, still sealed for reuse at the actual victory*
Apr. 5th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
I suck
I was going to go fill out one of those yellow slips of paper, but I never made it down there. I guess I'll make do with writing my elected representatives (email and snail mail) to tell them what a bad idea the ammendment would be.
Apr. 5th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
S'okay, I didn't testify, much to the irritation of my team leader, beyond doing the slip of paper. I figger if everyone does *something*, it doesn't much matter how much. It was still a fantastic event :)
Apr. 5th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
How do I find out about the next event?
Apr. 5th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
Fastest way, go to www.lgrl.org and ask to be added to their announcement e-mail list. They can go a month without sending things, though I've been getting about one message every other day for the last two weeks, what with the public hearing being so near. The next major thing, some time next week (the 13th, I think) they're doing a Lobby Day at the capitol to talk to the various legislators, some time in the morning. the LGRL's also doing some sort of First Thursday thing (I'll probably stay home, I'm sooooooo tired...) Down the road, like late may-early June, there's some sort of PrideFest fundraiser thingie, and I think they usually have volunteer nights on either tuesday or thursday, depending on needs.

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