Political Chowder Ingredients: Facts, Events, Policy, Politicians, Journalists, and YOU
Political Chowder Ingredients:
Facts, Events, Policy, Politicians, Journalists, and YOU

This Week's "You"
Apr. 26, 2009
Letter to Senator Maggie Hassan
04/??/09

To Senator Hassan

Dear Maggie:

58 years ago, Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman built a house in Manchester. It was quickly derided by neighbors as a “chicken coop”, because they were afraid that it would bring down their property values. Today, the Currier Museum owns that house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and calls it the largest jewel in its collection.

If you take a tour of the Zimmerman house, the guides don’t mention one fact: When the Zimmermans tried to get married in New Hampshire in the 1930’s, they could not. Their marriage was illegal, because he was Jewish and she was a Baptist. They had to travel to a more progressive state, Pennsylvania, in order to make their union lawful. Because of the strength of their love, and the courage of their convictions, they defied the law. If they had been afraid of public opinion, New Hampshire would lack a great love story, and one of its architectural treasures.

Today, the State Senate is debating a gay marriage bill. We implore you to vote for a bill which embraces equality, promotes civic responsibility and domestic stability. If a Jew and a Baptist were denied the right to marriage today, there would be outrage. We have an African-American president and women serving in the state legislature because our society has progressed. We hope that you will vote with your conscience and convictions, and not bow to political expediency.

Thank you,
Bill Stelling
Bill Siroty

 

 

Amherst