The Republican Party is up to their same old tricks of sending out hate mail to attack anyone who supports civil rights for LGBT Americans. Whether or not people support Tom Umberg for Supervisor, this hateful piece of mail once again tries to strike fear in the hearts and minds of Republican voters that the gay hoards are scaling the walls of Orange County to destroy the institution of marriage. Never mind the fact that the state Supreme Court has already ruled that county governments have no authority on this issue and only the legislature or the people can change the definition of marriage in California.
Click Here to read todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hate mail.
Someone snorted the other day when I mentioned “Moral Courage” and Tom Umberg in the same sentence. When I made my statement I was thinking of Tom’s vote on AB849. Tom knew that there would be bigoted attacks if he took the position he did but he had the moral conviction and courage to stand for what was right over what was politically expedient and safe.
I’m not surprised, but very disappointed, that the Republican Party chose to resort to a strategy first introduced in the south in 1968.Ã‚Â But then again, what should I expect from the party whose home town hero was the author of, and first to implement, that strategy, Richard Nixon.
For the record, here is what Tom Umberg said on the floor of the Assembly regarding his vote on AB849.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is one of those times when history looks up on us to see where we are. Ten years from now very few of us will recall even those who we served with. Ten years from now even fewer of us will recall the bills that were voted upon. But ten years from now there are a hand full of issues that history will record where we stood. And this is one of those issues.
The constituency IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m concerned about is a very small one, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the constituency of my three children, should they decide to look back on my record and look back and reflect on where I was when I could have made a difference. Where I stood when I could make a difference. If I stood with those who sought to take a leadership roll in terms of tolerance, equity, and fairness. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be proud to say I did.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Please call the Republican Party of Orange County at 714-453-0900 and express your displeasure at this distasteful display of bigotry and hate.