March 2, 2004: It is so
heartening for us here in Van Nuys to see prominent figure Rosie
O’Donnell take the plunge into matrimony with her same sex partner
up in San Francisco.
We sincerely hope
their very public stand will send an important message to our
politicians -- it’s time to grant freedom of choice in NIPtuals to
must include our furry, feathered and slithery
How can we continue
to be so unkind as to keep them from enjoying the same public
acknowledgement of their commitment that we are now extending to
humans? Their bow vows to forever love, cherish and
groom each other? The same
peace that comes from being able to bask in society’s blessing, not to
mention all the monetary benefits that accrue to wedded folk, like
the sharing of Social Security benefits for the surviving spouse,
when the time comes. Of course at the rate we’re going, there won’t
be any Social Security. But be that as it may, there is also life
insurance for spouses, tax breaks – no, wait.
Well, still, the big
advantage is of course the emotional comfort of being able to bark
“I do” in front of friends and relatives, openly declaring to the
community, “We love each other, and we are one dog (or cat, bird or
snake).” And wouldn’t
it be romantic seeing your pussycat slip a ring on the claw of his
chosen spouse? As one of our chat room correspondents, Dalmation Society founding member Ronald W. Buckingham III,
put it in his poignant letter, “My partner, Geraldo, is my life.” He included Geraldo’s
paw print to underscore the couple’s support for our cause.
We urge all of you to
help us get this critical message out. Sign FUPPPS’ pet-ition
demanding our political candidates make their voices heard, and
e-mail your friends today!
FUPPPS Editorial Board