"M" is for the million things she gave me...Never one to shy away from expressing her opinion, my mother fired off this sharply worded email to her local Assemblyman, Richard "Dick" Merkt this morning:
As a 35 year resident of Morris County and the proud mother of 5 children, two of whom are gay, I was more than disappointed to read your appalling comments regarding the rights of same sex couples as rightly demanded by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. I was enraged and disgusted.
To read your ridiculous argument about the intentions of 1947 was particularly disturbing. Our intentions in the early part of the 20th century excluded women voting, segregated black communities, banned Jews from country clubs, etc. The early framers of the U.S. Constitution had no idea, certainly, of making blacks equal citizens, to make no mention of women (which they made no mention of) or nonlandowners, for that matter. Hopefully, we have evolved as a society. Although, clearly not all of us. Some of us suffer from extreme homophobia and bigotry. It is my belief that such individuals should certainly not be permitted to hold public office. Thank you for coming out of the closet and letting all of us see you for the bigot you are.
If you are truly concerned with protecting marriage, perhaps you should busy yourself with an amendment to make divorce illegal, rather than preventing loving couples from committing to one another and enjoying the same rights as others to do so. Of course, that might not fly so well politically.
Fortunately, the framers of our Federal Constitution had the foresight to "protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority."
Rest assured I will do all in my power to defeat you in your next bid for office.
Below is a shot of Mom with all her grandkids last Mother's Day.