For those who are interested, here is the letter that I am sending to my state’s Governor. I sincerely hope I get a response.
Dear Governor Kasich:
I am writing to ask for your support in the ongoing fight for equality for the people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. I do not know where you stand on this issue; however, I believe that in matters of civil rights there should be no room for discussion. Though I hope to aid in bringing equality to the LGBT community on a national—even global—level, I feel it is necessary to start at the state and local level.
I am sure you are aware that the State of Ohio has adopted a policy equivalent to that of the federal Defense of Marriage Act into its constitution. This provision limits the definition of civil marriage to between one man and one woman. I know there are many religious justifications for laws such as DOMA, but in the United States it is illegal under the first amendment for a governing body to show favor to one religion over another. It is clear that any law whose only logical backing is religion is therefore unconstitutional.
Similarly, many states have enacted laws that remove protections in housing and employment from members of the LGBT community. As a gay man, it is heartbreaking to look at a job application and see the words “Equal Opportunity Employer” and not see “sexual orientation” listed under the qualities that the company does not discriminate against.
Until laws such as these are repealed, I and others like me will never be equal. Until they are repealed, the LGBT community will be seen as inferior—as second-class. Just as the African American people fought for their rights to go to the same schools as everyone else, to work the same jobs as everyone else, to use the same facilities as everyone else, even to marry whomever they choose, I will fight. The LGBT community will fight. And we will stand proud; we will stand strong. Or, like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harvey Milk before us, we will die trying.
Thank you for your time. I hope you will support the LGBT community in our cause. I look forward to hearing from you.