jay leffew

jay leffew
Sant Rosa, California, USA
September 02
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NOVEMBER 4, 2009 1:38PM

GLBTQ Declaration of Independance

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GLBTQ Declaration of Independance

As we all by now know, a majority of Americans have used their right to vote to illegally remove rights that are written into the constitution of The United States for ALL. So, the question I pose is...is our constitution worth the paper it is printed on if it does not afford ALL our citizens the protections clearly outlined in them. If we are not going to follow that great document, why do we have it? I have great respect and love for the Constitution of The United States and to my country. It is that love that compels me to write this. Some will see this as unpatriotic sacrilege...from my point of view it is reminding this great nation of its purpose and responsibilities.

So as a GLBTQ citizen Not afforded full and equal protection under our laws...this is my Declaration of Independence....

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We, as the GLBTQ citizens of these united states, hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among MEN, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their RIGHT, it is their DUTY, to throw off such Government or governmental practices, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these GLBTQ Citizens; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the religious majority of this nation is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have refused to Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

They have forbidden Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till Their Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, they have utterly neglected to attend to them.

They have moved to obstruct the passage of other Laws for the accommodation and equal protection of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the rights due to citizens of these united states to the pursuit of happiness as they see right, rights inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

They have called together legislators at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.

They have seeked to dissolve our families, places of business, and representative orginizations and legislators repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness their invasions on the rights of ALL people.

They have refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the gay citizens of these united states remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of violence from without, and violence and civil violation within, without legal recourse for these injuries.

They have endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither on the basis of sexuality, and attempting to raise laws to set unfair conditions on safe and equal housing on the basis of sexuality alone.

They have obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing to Assent to Laws established by Judiciary powers. They have seeked to block investigations into the molestation of our children by the Catholic church. They have seeked to block full revelation of those who finance their political campaigns to restrict the civil liberties of GLBTQ citizens.

They have made Judges dependent on their Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount of contributions to political campaigns and pressure to conform to their world view.

They hold a multitude of political Offices, and send hither Officers to collect taxation from our citizens while denying those citizens the rights outlined at the head of this proclamation.

They support and encourage the removal of the rights and protections of citizenship and the pursuit of happiness including, but not limited to, protections for full and equal protections on employment, housing, and public services.

They have affected to render the church independent of and superior to the Civil power.

The churches and conservative majorities have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation and outright violation of our constitution:

For amassing large bodies of political activists and transporting them across states borders to advance their cause of imposing their religious views in matters of civil legislation and the stripping of rights from American citizens.

For protecting those guilty of assaulting GLBTQ American citizens, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the GLBTQ Inhabitants of these States:

For imposing Taxes on us without granting the full benifits due a citizen of these united states including, but not limited to, the right to Marry, Adopt children and live without fear of physical violence:

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of legal protections afforded a heterosexual majority even when legal documents have been drawn up specifically outlining those protections:

For invading the privacy of American citizens and infringing on their duties to serve in the military of these United States solely on the basis of GLBTQ status:

For attempting to abolish the free System of Laws in a neighbouring State by religious or majority coercion, establishing therein a theocratic government of the majority, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these states:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For invalidating duly elected Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

They have abdicated Governmental exemption here, by declaring us without Protection and waging War against us.

They have plundered our governments, ravaged our legal protections, and destroyed the lives of GLBTQ people on the basis of majority religious views.

They are at this time still mobilizing large Armies of individual devoted to their cause of religous majority rule, to compleat the works of desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

The religous and conservative authorites of this nation have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavoured, through the use of their speach, to bring on the GLBTQ inhabitants of our nation, physical violations and the attentions of merciless Individuals, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A religious and conservative majority whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the rulers of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our brethren as citizens of these United States. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our origins as a community and our goals as full citizens under the law. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the GLBTQ citizens of the united States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to any religious institution, and that all political connection between them and these institutions, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do without first assenting to the will of the church or a tyranical majority. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor to the goal that we stand together again as one nation.

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"Governments are instituted among MEN"

Dude, if you are going to fix it, freakin' fix it! You might want to say "people" and not be as sexist as they were 200+ years ago. Just sayin’…
"men" is a generic term no sexism was intended. This simply my personal statement about what we as Americans are doing to the integrity of our core values. It was VERY nerve wracking to do because my family is very conservative and I fully expect to get ALOT of flak for this but I'm fully ready to accept it.
jay: I am with you in heart and spirit, especially as it relates to your conservative family. Excellent post that should be viewed by many. You are speaking the truth, and although you are nervous, you must also feel liberated. The truth does set us free...unfortunately, it is the fear of others that continues to damage all people in many different ways.
All PEOPLE are created equal.

In altering the original text I had hoped to leave as much of the original intact as possible. It carries soooo much more historical weight and becomes less my words....that particular section of men was put in there by the writers of the Declaration . I could have changed it but instead opted to leave it in for the reasons I mentioned above.