February 27, 2012
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By Mark & Robert Mead-Brewer
This has been a rollercoaster year for sure. A couple setbacks here, and some large steps forward there have made for a truly wild emotional ride. And there’s SO much more yet to come. I am grateful on a daily basis for P8TT, and the family I have become a part of here.
For my family the last twelve months have been full of blessings, personal goals achieved, dreams fulfilled, and a fair share of sorrows as well. These things are life…normal occurrences in life, nothing more and nothing less. We all as human beings go through these things in the course of simply living. The fact that LGBT families experience the same issues as any other family is a fact our opponents would very much like to keep out of the public eye. Gay, straight, Christian, Jew, Muslin, Atheist, Agnostic, Pagan etc. etc. etc., none of those differences matter….or shouldn’t when it comes to the pursuit of happiness, as is promised to all of us in our nation’s constitution. Sadly however our pursuit of that happiness is still under attack.
The H8rs always talk about how the LGBT ‘agenda’ is an attack on religious freedoms and traditional ways of life. We all know this is completely untrue. Nothing more than lies, half-truths, twisted logic, and fear mongering at its worst. It is up to each and every one of us to take a stand in whatever way feels right to us as individuals. Battling on the front lines, volunteering on a phone bank, educating those we come in contact with to the truths, or making a monetary contribution to organizations that can better speak for us, organizations such as Courage Campaign.
Robert and I have been together since July 2nd 1983 (our first date). We held our ‘Holy Union/Wedding’ on our five year anniversary (pic below). Since that joyous day we have had three other ceremonies. 1993 in Washington DC at one of the great civil rights marches we participated in two mass weddings. And finally our legal ceremony this past April 2011 in Iowa surrounded by family and friends, just three short blocks from where my husband graduated high school. Now Washington, our current home state has legislatively voted to become the seventh state in the nation to embrace marriage equality, might there be a wedding number five?
If you are reading this, than you are members of the P8TT family, and must appreciate how important P8TT has become to us these past couple of years. With that in mind I would urge you to make a donation in whatever amount you think you can afford. Every little bit helps in this fight against discrimination and religious strong arming. Please think about helping to keep P8TT and the Courage Campaign running in the ways we have all come to know and love.