Here’s my letter, with the personal portion highlighted:
Jan 16, 2007
Governor M. Rell
Executive Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Dear Governor Rell,
As your constituent, I urge you to support legislation this session giving full marriage equality to same-sex couples in Connecticut.
Civil unions provide important legal rights, but thousands of loving, committed couples–many raising children–deserve the dignity and respect that only marriage can provide.
Six years ago my 46-year-old partner died after a long battle with depression which had been compounded by fear of losing the respect of his loved ones and his community if he was honest with them about being gay.
Suicide is complex, leaving no simple cause to blame. But, one of the contributing factors in Dale’s case was the message he had gotten loud and clear: That to be gay was to be less, to be set apart.
In Dale’s name, I ask you to take a step to ensure that the state of Connecticut is not promoting the message that gay relationships are less worthy of the rights and responsibilities of marriage than others.
Please support marriage equality this session, so ALL people in Connecticut are treated equally and fairly under the law.
West Hartford, CT