Declaration of Gay Independence!
” When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. ”
Gay guys are more into Liberty for All then almost any other Americans, for we were denied for so long, and in many quarters are still denied our Pursuit of Happiness. You heteros take for granted what we are still fighting for!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, gay and straight, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (some are just cuter or better looking than others!) And if you all don’t think your Creator created us, our Creator does want a word with yours!
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the Gay People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
For the Decent Respect of the Opinions of Mankind, we do make our case — we are as entitled as anyone to Life & Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness as any other American. And renewed threats and calls for our incarceration and outlawing our smooching is NOT liberty — but Theocracy and UnAmerican. And we will not relent in our pursuit of happiness or liberty, ever!
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
But we will no long suffer the evils against us. We have put up with this long enough.
We’ll wave our flag any which way we can!
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
It’s a Republic of Free Individuals, not a theocracy for us while you Heteros do what you want — including your Despotism against us!
“Such has been the patient sufferance of we gay folks, and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former Systems of Government.”
We have done the patient sufferance for too long. We have too have the Right to Free Speech, too — including “I do”!And Assembly without the police state against us. And religion, even if it does not square with yours.
“The history of the present government of the United States and it’s several states is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over we gay guys. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
“Our governments have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the gay public’s good.
The Federal Government has forbidden its Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance to us, unless suspended in their operation till its Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, it has utterly neglected to attend to them.
It has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of gay people, unless those gay people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants and theocracy only.”
“Our government has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of gay public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing us into compliance with its measures. And not even let us in the room as we are being discussed!
It has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for us opposing with manly firmness its invasions on the rights of gay people.
It has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the Gay People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within, by theocrats intent on annihilation of gay folks.
It has endeavoured to prevent the population of these Gay States through the bizarre “ex-gay” theory; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Gay Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands of Gay Liberty.
It has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing it Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers friendly to gay folks.
It has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries, through DOMA and DADT and numerous other statutes to subjugate gay citizens of this Republic.”
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance — by taxing us to pay for the laws against us!
It has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures — through bar raids and arrests and harassment should we even so much as hold hands in a public street or park we pay for with our taxes.
It has affected to render the Police independent of and superior to the Gay Civil power.
It has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: through the establishment of a theocracy based on Old Europe.
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: by putting cops in gay bars to beat us senseless.
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Gay Inhabitants of these States: — through the protection of gay bashers with the “homosexual panic” defense, and the “twinkie defense” for pre-meditated murder of Harvey Milk.
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: to pay for the repression and laws and defense of DOMA against us.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: by simply declaring us a threat to our own families, churches and the nation itself.
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences — as Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council wants to “export” gay Americans and many A Republican candidate for office has gone to hear his plea to export us.
For abolishing the free System of American Laws in a neighbouring states,by denial of the “full faith and credit” clause of our Constitution, establishing therein an Arbitrary government of Mini-DOMAs and state constitutional amendments deny the reality of our existence, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule unto these gay folks:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: by enacting theocratic based laws against gays and demanding we adhere to some religion we do not believe in.
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever – as if we are children, not adults, and we’re not even allowed into the halls of power — and in the case of John Boehner, refusing to accept petitions signed by tens of thousands of gay Americans for a redress of our grievances!
It has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of its Protection and waging War against us.
It has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns and a gay bar or two, and destroyed the lives of gay people through constant emotional and even physical harassment and attack.
It is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign to American Values Mercenaries of Religious Fundamentalism to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
It has constrained our fellow Gay Citizens taken Captive in the culture war to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
It has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our gay frontiers, the merciless Fundamentalist Christians, Catholics and Orthodox Jewish Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all gay ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A government whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free gay people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our heterosexual brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement and birth here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Existence, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in the Culture War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united Gays of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good Gay People of this nation, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Gays are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent Gays; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the heterosexual Crown, and that all political connection between them and the heterosexuals, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent Gays, we have full Power to levy Culture War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent Gay Citizens may of right do.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Jim Hlavac (and I happen to have John Hancock’s initials, and I write large, so our government doesn’t need it’s spectacles to read my name)
and the other 10,000,000 or 15,000,000 gay folks in this nation do sign.
And other than that, Happy Fourth of July of course!
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