Apparently, this was a redundant, symbolic move, but since it’s been hours since it’s happened and no one’s blogged about it yet, I felt it was worth mentioning
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on this Commission is appalling. His pandering knows no bounds.
I'm proud to say that my school has a robust and well-supported GLBT Alliance comprised of both gay and straight students. Both faculty advisors are straight, modeling the type of nurture, acceptance, and support that society, as a whole, should be modeling but doesn't.
As teachers, our commitment to these youth is evidenced by the voluntary display of a GLBT Safe Zone sign posted on our classrooms doors.
I guess it's up to us. Fucking Republicans.
You would think that there would be some sort of recognition by the Republicans, at the very least, of the higher rates of suicide and depression amongst GLBT youth brought on by societal ostracism. But I suppose that would start conflicting with the pandering to the southern Religious Right.
is the more appropriate headline. Or did they cut a deal where she lets him do it to help him nationally and then she says when she's elected she'll reCONstitute it?
They ought to have a new title: The Manipulators.
And the electorate: The Manipulated
They probably just say it's because these gay teens made the wrong choice and their conscience is bothering them because they are going against God or some junk.
Heat. Meet wall. Repeatedly.
at age 55, more or less, after taking early retirement. In spite of family and neighborhood support, I see how this decision creates huge dislocations - the first being a move to a new community, cutting old connections - 30 years of history vanished. Then, the life shared with another person unravelling. The anguish of the significant other who first planned to stay, now deciding to relocate closer to family, also cutting work and volunteer ties just recently established in the new community. And the children, and ex-spouse reconsidering their own lives. It ripples out, affected more and more people.
How much better if, at 15, for example, he/she could have begun to expressed the understandings of being in the wrong sex, and been able to act upon them!
Why did they create a new commission? Why was there two commissions? Romney's reason for the veto.
because Romney almost eliminated it before. This way at least one commission is guaranteed to continue to exist.
That's why. This seemed more secure than one at gubernatorial whim.
The story about Romney's speech on Boston.com was accompanied by an ad for John McCain's campaign...
or how effective it was at achieving the goals that the Govenor established for the Commission?
it was effective enough to piss Romney off so much that he wanted to abolish it! And once the legislature gave him cover by creating its own commission, he got his wish.
Their money was in three seperate sections of the budget - DPH, DSS and DYS - with IDENTICAL language about 'suicidal gay and lesbian teens'.
When you totaled up the money, you could buy each one a house.
Bill Conley always said they did lots more - well, fine. So why not describe the actual mission of the Commission, instead of the language used? And have the amount budgeted out in plain sight?
Most of this changed when the state had it budget crisis, and EVERYTHING got whacked, but it didn't create a good impression.
I posted two comments to this thread this weekend with some background on the Commission. One was largely a correction of the other, since I'd messed up a link in the first. But both are now gone. Any reason why? One is still listed among my comments, with no moderations recorded--but when I look for it, it's gone, as if it had been removed due to a low rating.
Let's try that again with a properly built link.
You would think that there would be some sort of recognition by the Republicans, at the very least, of the higher rates of suicide and depression amongst GLBT youth brought on by societal ostracism.
Bill Weld recognized that, and it was one of the main reasons he created the commission. Weld was no progressive--his policies toward eople on welfare, for instance, were brutal. But on this, he was way out ahead of the pack, including many Democrats. IIRC, Dukakis had opposed adoption by same-sex parents. And let's not even talk about the Democrat Weld defeated, John Silber....
This veto is indeed of a redundant commission, but the legislature wouldn't have created a new one had Romeny not abolished the commission and then reversed himself this Spring.
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