Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Letter to the President, Senate and House


Dear Mr, President, the Senate and the House,
I am very upset with all of you. I voted for you, well some of you not, but you are in office and you work for me. I am a United States Citizen. I was born here. I have been paying taxes since my first job when I was a teenager. I follow the law, well except that one time. I do what everyone says I am to do. I am a good person. I work for a Fortune 200 company. I am a published Author. I consider myself a Christian even though I do not claim a denomination. I believe in God. I have read the Bible five times since I was a child. I like to shop and spend money to stimulate the economy.

You are not doing your jobs, you are not working for the best interest of me, yes me, this is about me. I do not understand why. If I did not do my job, I would be fired. Yes, you have given me some nice stimulus money and I thank you for that, much appreciated. But there are other things that make the world go around for me—love. One thing I did not mention above, I am gay. I have been in a loving monogamous relationship with my partner for fourteen years. I want to be able to provide him with the same health insurance benefits that I receive. He pays close to $500 a month for the exact same coverage because he’s self-employed. The problem, I cannot add him to my health plan. Why? Because in the State of Colorado same-sex Civil Unions are not recognized, therefore it is not offered.

I have been trying, for that last—yeah that long, to figure out why this is open for debate or vote. Why as a citizen of the United States of America do I have to rely on people to vote to grant me a basic human right? Why are bigoted “Christians” allowed to decide the meaning of love or who has the right to love who? That’s what it comes down to, isn’t it? Knowing the Bible the way I do, I’m still trying to figure out where God said who can marry or love who? I know the passages that are always pulled out for this battle, “if a man lieth with a man as they would a woman, they shall be put to death.” Let me pull one out of context too, “He wept.” At least mine makes sense, because I believe he weeps constantly with the way we treat each other. Does anyone know what was happening when the law of “man lieth with man” was put into rule by a man not God? Hint: it has something to do with repopulating the Jewish race when they were wandering the desert in exile. Allowing the individual States to decide this is not a good idea. I wonder what would happen if the LGBT community stood together and filed a Class Action Lawsuit against the United States of America for depriving us of the most common of human rights?

What I don’t understand the most is why my tax money is good enough to spend on a million things but I cannot provide for my partner? I pay for children to go to school, the same children whose parents call me hateful names and not allow me to provide for my family. I admit I went to public school K-12 but I’m sure I’ve paid back the cost by now, but my partner went to private schools K-12, what debt does he have to pay back? Now, you want to use my tax money to pay for illegal aliens to go to school, that’s really not fair to me. Let them become citizens, they’re here already what’s the point of rounding them up and sending them back to where ever they came from, that costs too much money and they will just come back.

I implore you, grant me this basic human right and right as a Citizen of the United States of America. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I hope that something good will come of it but knowing the way things have been going, I won’t run out and pick my China Pattern.

Sincerely,

Charles W. Jones

10 comments:

  1. Well put, Chuck. It's gotten to the point that I don't even know what their job is any more or even why most of our people in DC are still "employed". I use quotes because it seems they aren't doing much of anything to be honestly called employed.
    You've truly summed it all up and I hope you send this letter. Good job!

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  2. Here's the first response I've received from the people I've sent it to.

    A message from Senator Michael Bennet

    Dear Charles W:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding S.598, the Respect for Marriage Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

    Let me begin by saying I believe that discrimination against any Coloradan because of sexual orientation is unacceptable. Same-sex couples should be able to enter into legally recognized relationships affording them the same rights and benefits now enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including federal tax and social security benefits and the ability to designate who can care for them at the end of life.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced the Respect for Marriage Act on March 16, 2011. This legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (P.L. 104-199), which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for federal purposes. The Respect for Marriage Act also establishes for the purpose of federal law in which marital status is a factor, that a couple shall be considered married as long as the marriage was entered into in a state where it is legal.

    I am a proud cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act. I believe that married same-sex couples deserve the same federal marriage benefits that my wife and I enjoy. No married couples should be denied these marriage benefits, and they should not have to worry that their spouses will be denied Social Security surviving spouse benefits or equal family health benefits.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee reported the bill favorably on November 10, 2011 by a vote of 10-8. The legislation is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to pass this important piece of legislation.

    I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.

    For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at http://bennet.senate.gov/. Again, thank you for contacting me.


    Sincerely,

    Michael Bennet
    United States Senator

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  3. I did get some auto-responses too, this one made me laugh. I wonder if I'll really get a response? Oh and yes I did see the Confidentiality Note at the bottom and am choosing to ignore it. Why? Because I can.

    From: SenatorOrrinHatch@hatch.senate.gov ;
    To: ;
    Subject: Thank you for your recent email
    Sent: Thu, May 10, 2012 11:01:21 AM
    Thank you contacting me. I appreciate the time you took to express your views on the important issues facing our nation. It is important to me to hear your thoughts, so I can better represent you in the United States Senate. I will keep your thoughts in mind as my colleagues and I debate crucial economic, domestic, and foreign policy issues.
    As you might expect, I receive a large volume of correspondence. I want to assure you that I will respond to your specific concerns as quickly as possible.
    Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the critical issues facing our nation. Your comments are very important to me.
    Sincerely,
    Orrin G. Hatch
    United States Senator
    *This is an automated response. Please do not reply to this message. You will be receiving a letter from me in the near future which addresses the issues raised in your correspondence.
    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE:
    The information contained in this e-mail is legally privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the individuals or entities named as addressees. If you, the reader of this message, are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, publication, or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please forgive the inconvenience, immediately notify the sender, and delete the original message without keeping a copy.
    Thank you.

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  4. And Ms. DeGette says she only works for the people in the First District. Really? Pretty sure you work for Colorado.

    From: "Congresswoman DeGette"
    Date: May 9, 2012 10:21 AM
    Subject: Thank You For Your Email
    To:

    Dear Friend,

    Thank you for contacting my office via e-mail. I appreciate having the benefit of your views.

    As a Congressional courtesy, I can only respond to residents of the First District of Colorado. Based on the address you provided, you live in another Congressional district. You may use the following link to find your U.S. Representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

    Sincerely,

    Diana DeGette
    Member of Congress

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  5. Then I received this lovely auto-response from Mark Udall. I'm pretty sure that Senator Bennet receives a ton of emails too but he (or at least a staffer) took the time to actually respond.


    May 9, 2012
    Thank you for your message to my U.S. Senate office. Each week, I receive over 10,000 letters from Coloradans with their thoughts and suggestions. Your views are invaluable and keep me consistently updated on Coloradans’ concerns. Please know that we read each letter and e-mail and will do our utmost to get you a timely response addressing your thoughts and concerns.

    I am honored to serve as your U.S. Senator. My top priority in the Senate is to provide efficient and effective representation of people across our state. Please know that my Colorado staff is available to handle specific services relating to the federal government (such as help with a passport, claim for veterans’ benefits or a citizenship matter) and my Denver office can be reached at 303-650-7820. If you would like to check on a request for services from my Washington, D.C. office, please call 202-224-5941 or toll-free at 877-7-MUDALL (877-768-3255). Otherwise, be assured that we are reading your comments.

    Warm regards,


    Mark Udall
    U.S. Senator, Colorado

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  6. Another that can't be bothered because I don't like in his district.



    May 11, 2012







    Dear Charles,



    Thank you for contacting me about current matters in Congress. I appreciate hearing from Coloradans on the important issues we face in Washington.



    According to your address, you reside in the 6th Congressional District and are represented by Rep. Mike Coffman. I encourage you to contact Rep. Coffman through his website at www.coffman.house.gov or by calling 202-225-7882. Rest assured, I will keep working hard in Washington on behalf of the hardworking families of Colorado.















    Sincerely,

    Ed Perlmutter
    Member of Congress

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  7. From Governor Hickenlooper

    Dear Charles,

    Thank you for taking the time to send Governor Hickenlooper an e-mail. Your thoughts and
    concerns are important to him. He receives a heavy volume of e-mail, and each one is
    reviewed carefully so it can be appropriately addressed. Due to the high number of emails,
    we are unable to respond personally to each one, but please know that your input
    means a great deal to Governor Hickenlooper.

    The following information was received by our offices:

    First Name: Charles
    Last Name: Jones
    Email: chuckwes70@gmail.com
    Home Phone: 303-204-2787
    Zip: 80013
    Add to eNews: No

    Form Type: Share Your Opinion

    Subject: Civil Rights

    Explanation: For Civil Unions for same sex partners

    Your Request ID is 050912-124452-601

    Once again, thank you for taking the time to communicate with our offices.

    Sincerely,

    The Office of Governor Hickenlooper

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  8. This guy is a peach.

    Dear Mr. Jones:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding creating civil unions in Colorado. Thank you for your letter. I appreciate your thoughts on this issue and the opportunity to respond.

    As you know, Colorado Senate Bill 12-002, the Colorado Civil Union Authorization Act, would legalize civil unions in Colorado. Civil unions provide same sex couples with many of the same legal rights that married couples have. These include the ability to inherit property, file a wrongful death claim, the ability to assign a beneficiary under the state's civil service retirement system, and the ability to file a domestic abuse claim.

    I believe that marriage should be an institution reserved for a union between one man and one woman and think that civil unions provide a useful alternative for dedicated same-sex couples to have their rights respected. I also respect the will of Colorado voters who in 2006 created a constitutional ban on gay marriage and defeated an initiative that would have created civil unions. As you know, the Colorado State Legislature recently proposed Senate Bill 12-002, which would overturn the 2006 decision and legalize civil unions. The bill was voted down before it reached the entire assembly for a vote.

    I recognize that we do not agree on this issue, however as a Member of the United States House of Representatives I unable to vote on legislation before the Colorado Legislature. I encourage you to also contact your elected officials in Colorado, to let them know your opinions of this legislation. Governor Hickenlooper can be reached at 303-866-2471, Colorado Representative Cindy Acree at 303-866-2944 or cindy.acree.house@state.co.us, and Colorado Senator Nancy Spence at 303-866-4883 and nancyjspence@gmail.com.

    Thank you again, Charles, for taking the time to contact me. For more information on my work in Congress on your behalf, please sign up for my newsletter at https://forms.house.gov/coffman/webforms/enews.html.



    Sincerely,

    Mike Coffman
    Member of Congress

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  9. Dear Charles,




    Thank you for contacting me regarding marriage equality and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I appreciate that you took the time to share your specific views.

    As you know, in 1996 Congress enacted DOMA, which codified into law that no state is required to recognize a same-sex marriage established in another state. However, DOMA also defined marriage as between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law. This effectively banned same-sex couples from receiving any of the federal benefits afforded legally married couples.

    I believe in equal protection under the law for all Americans, and this includes marriage equality. Every American, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the ability to marry the person they love - to make that public promise of commitment and mutual accountability in front of their family and friends, affirming their dedication to their partner by accepting the responsibility of marriage. It is my belief that these bonds help strengthen our society.

    As such, I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act (S.598), which would repeal DOMA and extend federal benefits and obligations to same-sex couples that marry in any state in which their union is legal.

    Additionally, in 2010, you may know that a Federal District Court declared DOMA unconstitutional, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will no longer defend the law in federal courts. Through the hiring of outside counsel, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner and House Counsel have stepped in to continue defending the ongoing legal challenges against DOMA regarding the constitutionality of the law. Rest assured I will follow this situation closely and keep your thoughts in mind.



    I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics. For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov.


    Warm regards,

    Signature

    Mark Udall
    U.S. Senator, Colorado

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  10. Dear Friend:




    Thank you for writing. President Obama has heard from many Americans about same-sex marriage, and he has spent time giving this issue serious consideration.



    Recently, in an interview with ABC News, the President said, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” making it clear he believes it is wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships from getting married. The President’s view has been shaped by conversations with his family, friends, and the people who work with him at the White House. Ultimately, President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage is grounded in his values and his firm belief in treating others as we want to be treated.



    The President knows that people have differing views on marriage and that those views, even if we disagree strongly, should be respected. This is not a Federal issue, and the President knows we must be respectful of religious liberty, including the freedom of churches and other faith institutions to determine their sacraments. While Americans will continue to have differing views on marriage, we must remain committed to working together to build a stronger, fairer America.



    President Obama is grateful to hear from thousands of Americans each day, and we appreciate your taking the time to write. To learn more about this important issue, please visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/lgbt.



    Sincerely,


    The White House

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