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Straight allies standing with us

Surf over to Austin-based Atticus Circle, an organization of focusing on bringing straight allies into the battle for equality for parents and partners through education, policy development and legal advocacy.

The group was founded Anne Wynne, who was appointed by Texas Governor Ann Richards as the first woman to serve on both the General Services Commission and Texas Transportation Commission. In spring 2005, Wynne testified against against HJR-6 (the Texas marriage amendment bill) in the state’s legislature.

While that amendment passed, she wanted to continue the fight for equality, realizing that success won’t happen without the numbers and support of straight allies.

From the site:

It is time for us to stand up and stand with our gay and lesbian friends who are being systematically denied the most basic rights and recognition – the very things we, in the heterosexual world, take for granted day after day.

It is time for all children, regardless of their parents’ sexual orientation, to share the same rights and protections.

And it is time for our country to acknowledge that the right to love a partner, be a parent and build a family is a fundamental, equal right for each and every one of us.

Today we need your help to win this “civil rights battle rooted in love.” We need you to add your voice to the growing number of our friends who say, “This just isn’t right.” We invite you to come into the Atticus Circle and stand with others who say, “I’m ready. What can I do?”

Atticus Circle Field Director Marti Bier dropped me a line to get out the word.

You can join the circle of supporters here.

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