Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Our Accidental Private Meeting With Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (We Hope To Meet Maria Next Time)

Epilogue: We met Governor Schwarzenegger at a post dinner private meeting with only the three of us in attendance.  The was some "accident" at the beginning of the evening (not ours) that resulted in a missed communication and we did not have an opportunity to meet the governor with everyone else.  With serendipity, we had a private meeting after the event that only lasted a few minutes, but as a 28 year lgbt couple, we expressed our understanding about Prop 22 and how he can't override an initiative.I opened my big mouth and told Schwarzenegger that we would do anything to get marries.  "Anything," Arnold growled in one syllables that conveyed so much context. "Anything" is said as I gulped. And before you knew it we were shaking hands and making eye contact.  And the eye contact was the kind that Father Eduardo, my Catholic Priest from my childhood spoke about.  It was the kind that peers into a soul.  But this time is was chilling and it felt pure Hollywood.  I could imagine Bob Fosse announce "showtime" as we shook hands on a deal that was reminiscent of "All That Jazz", "Damn Yankees" or even "Faust" but at the same time kind of madcap.  There was chill in the air and it seemed like we were in a movie.  This would have been the place where Don and I signed a contract in blood.  Governor Schwarzenegger was appreciative of our support and let us knew he he felt on the issue (personally). Last night felt like something special.  In fact, we both believe it was.
 
News Release
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2006
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Makes Strong Case for
Equality at Log Cabin Republicans Dinner in Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA) – An overflow crowd of over 375 people joined special guests Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver at an event to support the work of Log Cabin Republicans.  In a rousing speech, Schwarzenegger declared that he was "committed to being a Governor for all Californians" and was "proud to stand side by side with Log Cabin in their work to offer basic fairness for gay and lesbian citizens."  He went on to say, "A person should only be limited by his dreams and not by his background, and not by his heritage and not by his sexual orientation...We are united in the values of love, tolerance, and understanding?working together we can create a better future for California where everybody matters and every family counts."
Log Cabin endorsed and campaigned for Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2003 recall election and continues to support his efforts to bring people together to build an even brighter future for the great state of California.  "When he took the oath of office, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would be governor of all the people-and he reinforced that inclusive message in his first-ever address to a gay and lesbian organization," added Guerriero.
"Governor Schwarzenegger has been reaching out to all Californians from all walks of life in every corner of the state.  He has a record of supporting inclusive civil rights legislation and broadening the Republican big tent to include all Californians," continued Guerriero.
The event also recognized Marc Cherry, the Creator and Executive Producer of "Desperate Housewives."  San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis presented Log Cabin's American Visibility Award to Cherry.
Log Cabin presented Schwarzenegger with its Ronald Reagan Award. This award recognizes those individuals who maintain a big tent philosophy by working for the inclusion of all Americans in the Republican Party. The award is named after former California Governor and President Ronald Reagan for his leadership in helping defeat the 1978 Briggs Initiative.  This proposal would have barred openly gay and lesbian people from teaching in California public schools.  Reagan's courageous opposition to this anti-gay initiative inspired the founding of Log Cabin Republicans in California 30 years ago. The evening also looked back at the 30 year history of Log Cabin.
Previous Log Cabin awards have been given to Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R-CT), Gov. William Weld (R-MA), Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ), California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. John Danforth (R-MO), Mayor Richard Riordan (R-L.A.), U.S. Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA), U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA), and U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), among many others.
Since taking office in 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger has signed over a dozen gay and lesbian supportive bills including expansion of domestic partnership rights, hate crimes protection, housing and employment non-discrimination laws, improving HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment strategies, and ending the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the state militia.  The Governor has spoken out against the anti-family Federal Marriage Amendment and has been one of the nation's leading voices advocating for a "Big Tent" Republican Party. 
Following passage of marriage equality legislation in 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger stated that he was awaiting a ruling by the California Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of any prohibition on the freedom to marry for all Californians regardless of sexual orientation. In his veto message, he also stated that, "I believe that lesbian and gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based on their relationships."  
"This event also offered Log Cabin a chance to put a face on the thousands of life long, law abiding, tax paying gay and lesbian families who support full equality.  The gathering also celebrated the bright and inclusive future of the Republican Party as embodied by the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger," concluded Patrick Guerriero.
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Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's largest organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time offices in Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA, and a federal political action committee. www.logcabin.org