I just got this e-mail from my boss ... I think this is important news for all of Michigan residents. No matter who you vote for, I think the most important this is that you vote. Get informed. Have your voice heard. VOTE!
(Please forward widely, thanks!)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Dear colleagues, friends and family:
All of us here in our great state have experienced enormous challenges over the past few years. Here at Between The Lines this past year was one of the most difficult in our 17-year history. We are grateful and humbled at the opportunity to be able to continue reporting on the issues critical to LGBT citizens, our families and friends across the state.
Right now, we are laser-focused on the upcoming elections. On Nov. 2 we have an opportunity to move forward toward full equality or maintain the anti-LGBT status quo. If we have any hope of passing a meaningful state anti-bullying law, amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights act and ultimately reversing the horrendous constitutional amendment that discriminates against us and our family members, we must make informed decisions on whom to elect in the state legislature, the governorship and the Michigan Supreme Court.
This critical election actually begins on Aug. 3 when Michigan holds its primaries. First, please remember to vote and tell everyone you know to get out and vote as well. If you are planning to be out of town you can send in an absentee ballot.
Second, we have been studying the records of the gubernatorial candidates these past several months. BTL will be running official endorsements in the next couple of weeks, but we felt time was of the essence in getting out the following message.
August 3 we have an opportunity to select the most LGBT-friendly candidate for governor in the history of our state. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has been campaigning tirelessly during the past six months and he has reached out many times to our local LGBT communities in his travels. Jan and I have heard Virg Bernero on the campaign trail and have met him personally. BTL's recent interview with him, soon to be published in Between The Lines, confirms what we already knew. He will not simply pay lip service to our issues, he will stand with us and fight with us.
We are urging you to take a moment right now and check out his campaign website to learn more about him if you haven't already. And please also consider making a donation to his campaign - http://www.votevirg.com.
Some people believe we should simply not bother - that it is not likely to be a Democrat that will win in November. Jan and I believe that once you have looked into Virg's campaign for yourself, watch some of the video footage (especially of Virg defending the autoworkers and industry last year on CNN time and again when Republicans wanted to "not bail out the auto industry") you will see the character and can-do nature of Virg Bernero. His campaign motto "Make Michigan Work Again" includes all citizens at the table.
We cannot allow Mike Cox - the attorney general who took away domestic partner benefits after Prop 2 was passed - or Pete Hoeskstra - whose HRC Congressional ratings have been at zero since 1993 - to become the next Michigan governor. If either of them does manage to win in November it will be difficult to see any progress on the legislative front for years, not to mention the most right-wing zealots in the state's history .
So - kick into gear - and join the Virg for Governor campaign. Post it to your Facebook, Twitter it to your social network, put it on your websites, call your friends and family. We can and we must make these next four weeks count in informing everyone we know about how important this primary and this candidate is to the future of Michigan and to our lives as LGBT citizens.
Thanks so much and remember each and every one of us makes a vital difference in this critical election!
Susan Horowitz and Jan Stevenson
Publishers, Between The Lines Newspaper
Michigan's LGBT Weekly Newspaper since 1993
p.s. - Just as I finished preparing this email, there was Virg Bernero making the case for Michigan's auto industry and green energy on MSNBC The Ed Show! Catch it on repeat or over the internet!